About Group Policy API
Centralized policy-based administration enables an administrator to control the following settings.
|Registry-based policy||Specify registry-based settings using the Administrative Templates node of the Group Policy Object Editor.|
|Security||Define security settings for the local computer, domain, and network.|
|Software installation||Deploy applications as either assigned (you mandate the installation) or published (you provide applications that users can choose to install). Update or remove applications.|
|Scripts||Specify scripts to run at computer startup and operating system shutdown, or when a user logs on or logs off.|
|Remote Installation Services||Control the behavior of the remote installation feature, as displayed to client computers.|
|Internet Explorer maintenance||Manage and customize Microsoft Internet Explorer for computers running on Windows.|
|Folder redirection||Redirect Shell special folders to the network.|
The administrator can apply these settings to groups of computers or users using the infrastructure provided by the Microsoft Active Directory. The administrator can manage these settings from a single central location. For more information, see Group Policy Architecture.
Application developers should adhere to system-level policy settings. In addition, they can provide policy settings that are specific to their applications. For more information, see Providing Policy for Your Applications.