Some powerful, neat Group Policy changes are included in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, but nothing too radical or different. IT professionals will benefit from some updates, some new features and some user interface tweaks, for example, but without the headaches associated with steep learning curves.

The Group Policy changes can be divided into two broad categories. First are the items the Group Policy team delivers: core functionality, including the Group Policy engine and new and updated features in the Group Policy editing system (Group Policy Management Console, or GPMC, and Group Policy Management Editor, or GPME). Second are items that other teams provide to manage their components using Group Policy: updated policy settings and feature controls inside GPME that we all use to manage the new and updated functions on our target machines.

This Technet article, covers both kinds of changes.

Windows 7: What?s New in Group Policy for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2