Applying standard Windows policies to Mac OS X

Every Group Policy Object includes several default Windows-based group policy categories and default Windows-based administrative templates for user and computer configuration. Most of the settings in the default Windows policies and administrative templates only apply to Windows computers and Windows user accounts. However, some of the common Windows configuration settings for password enforcement, such as the policies for minimum password length and complexity, do apply to Mac computers. If these settings are enabled for a Group Policy Object applied to a site, domain, or OU that includes Mac OS X computers, the settings are enforced for Mac users and computers.

The following sections describe the standard Windows group policies that you can apply to Mac computers and users and where you can find these policies when viewing a Group Policy Object in the Group Policy Management Editor.