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GPOADmin 5.15 - Quick Start Guide

Setting Permissions on AD LDS

To use GPOADmin with an AD LDS deployment, users must be assigned the Administrator role.

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In the Select a well known Naming Context, select Configuration, then enter the console and port number in the Computer box, and click OK.
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Double-click Configuration to expand the configuration and browse to and select the Roles container.
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To grant the users rights, right-click the Administrators role, and select Properties.

Editing the Version Control server properties

Users logged on with an account that is a member of the GPOADmin administrators group can edit the properties of the Version Control server when required. Specifically, they can:

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Right-click the forest, and select Options.
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Select Access to add and remove users who can connect to and alter the Version Control server options.
Select Administrators and add/remove users who can connect to and alter the Version Control server-specific settings.
Select Users and add/remove users who can connect to the Version Control server, but can only perform those actions that have been assigned by an administrator.
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Select Storage to select the location of the physical backup copy of the various versions of an object.
Backup store location: This will store the backups in Active Directory if you selected it during the initial setup of GPOADmin as the storage method for your configuration.
AD LDS: This will store the backups in Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services (AD LDS).
NOTE: To use the same AD LDS instance for both the configuration and backup store, select the “Configuration store location” option on the Backup location page.
Network Share: Enter or browse to a network share or directory.
SQL Server: This will store the backups in SQL Server. Enter the database name and the required authentication.
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To protect your environment from a SQL Injection attack, choose the SQL Input Filters option to specify which SQL statement inputs are not permitted within your deployment. By default, all of the inputs are marked as not permitted.
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Choose the SQL Timeouts option to configure how long GPOADmin will wait to connect to the SQL server or to process a command.
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Select Desired State Configuration | Root directory to specify a DSC root directory for each domain that supports DSC scripts. This root directory serves as the starting point for the DSC script enumeration and deployment location. DSC scripts cannot be registered until this option is enabled.
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Select Scripts to set the file types that will be returned when enumerating Scripts in the live environment. Add and remove the file extensions as required and click OK.
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Select Delegation | Roles to create and edit roles that will be used to delegate rights over the Version Control system.
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Select Notifications to configure email notifications on Version Controlled events. Notifications help you to stay informed of the latest changes to objects under version control and can be enabled for Exchange on-premises, Office 365 Exchange Online, and Gmail.

 

Table 3. SMTP options

Select SMTP to modify the global SMTP notification options.

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GPOADmin supports TLS/SSL connections. When connecting to Office 365 for standard SMTP notifications, the  From  account must be a valid email address and have access to the mailbox of the authentication account.

 

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Select Basic to use Exchange for notifications.
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Select to Enabled SMTP notifications.
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Select Exchange Online to use Office 365 Exchange Online for notifications.
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Select to Enabled SMTP notifications via Exchange.
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Select to Enabled SMTP notifications via Gmail.
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To navigate past the application verification warning, click Advanced and then click the Go to GPOAdmin (unsafe) link.
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Grant GPOAdmin permissions to View and modify but not delete your email.
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Click Allow to confirm your selection.

Select Workflow to enable workflow approval through email, set the authentication method, and modify the mailbox and server information.

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Select Exchange to use Exchange or Exchange Online for notifications.
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Select Enable Workflow Approval through email.
To use Exchange for notifications, select Basic and enter the account to use to connect to the mailbox and password. Enter the Exchange Server Url or select Autodiscover Exchange Server Url to locate the Exchange server that is hosting the specified mailbox.
By default, GPOADmin uses the mailbox associated with the service account. If necessary, you can specify a different mailbox for the service to use when processing approvals and rejections through email. To do so, uncheck the Use the service accounts mailbox option and enter the mailbox that you want to the service to monitor. To connect as the service, leave the account blank and password blank.
To use Office 365 Exchange Online for notifications, select Exchange Online. Enter the mailbox. application Id, tenant Id, client secret key, and https://outlook.office365.com/ews/exchange.asmx as the Exchange Server Url.
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Select to Enabled SMTP notifications via Gmail.
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To navigate past the application verification warning, click Advanced and then click the Go to GPOAdmin (unsafe) link.
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Grant GPOAdmin permissions to View and modify but not delete your email.
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Click Allow to confirm your selection.
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Select Logging | Configuration to enter the log location and the type of information you want to track.
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Select Options to configure various settings.
Select General to configure the following options:

Perform Group Policy Management version check

Check to ensure the version of GPMC on the client is compatible with the GPMC version used within GPOADmin.

Disable all workflow options for Group Policy Objects

Disable all workflow on GPOs.

Keep in mind, if you disable the workflow, any changes made are immediately deployed in the live environment. To bring the GPO back under version control, enable the workflow.

Disable all workflow options for Scopes of Management

Disable all workflow on SOMs.

Keep in mind, if you disable the workflow, any changes made are immediately deployed in the live environment. To bring the SOM back under version control, enable the workflow.

Disable all workflow options for WMI Filters

Disable all workflow on WMI filters.

Keep in mind, if you disable the workflow, any changes made are immediately deployed in the live environment. To bring the WMI filter back under version control, enable the workflow.

Set default link state to enable when adding new links

This enables the default link state for any new links added to a SOM.

Enable Protected Settings for Group Policy Objects

This enables the ability to have Protected Settings policies that contain settings that you want to control. They are protected in the sense that they contain and identify the settings that cannot be altered by users. This provides an added level of security for the policies within your organization. If a user attempts to create, edit, or remove the flagged settings they are stopped.

Enable Group Policy Object Synchronization

Synchronizing GPOs allows you to automatically push out predefined “master GPO” settings to specified targets both within a forest and between two forests. This allows you to ensure specific GPOs, which are required in every domain, contain the same settings without having to link to a GPO outside of the domain.

You are able to select one or more GPOs from various domains as synchronization targets for the source GPO. When the source GPO has been successfully deployed, the settings from the last major backup are imported into each synchronization target GPO.

Allow the service account to synchronize Group Policy Objects during deployment

Provides the ability to control whether the service account can perform a GPO synchronization during deployment.

Enable Unique Name

This ensures that GPOs and WMI filters cannot be created with the same name as an existing GPOs or WMI filter in a domain, select the Enforce Unique Names option. If a non-deployed GPO indicates that a duplicate name exists, run a full compliance check to determine if any GPOs were modified outside of GPOADmin. For more info see, Checking compliance .

Enable Unique Role Names

This ensures that roles cannot be created with the same name as an existing role.

Enable unregistered Scopes of Management linking

To allows users to link to unregistered Scopes of Management, select the Enable unregistered Scope of Management linking option. If this option is not selected, the policy and the SOM must be registered and the user linking the policy must have the Link right on both objects.

Display only the WMI Filters a user has Read access to when editing a GPO

Users are restricted to only the WMI Filters they have Read access.

Ensure service account access prior to deployment

This option must be enabled if you want users to be able to automatically deploy an object’s associated items. See Deploying objects (scheduling and associated items) .

It ensures that the service account has the Edit settings, delete, modify security rights on the working copy before deployment.

Enable the identification of associated items during deployment

Provides users with the option to identify and deploy associated items in a pending deployment state.

Prevent approval requester from approving their own changes

Ensures that a user cannot approve their own changes, even if they are in the approver's list for the object.

Enable the processing of custom workflow actions

Clicking the Launch Editor button starts the Custom Workflow Editor.

OU display format

Set the display format for OUs.

Select SQL Input Filters to view the allowed strings and characters for SQL statements.
Select Preferred Domain Controllers and click Add to configure the domain controller that GPOADMin will use for all Active Directory actions. By default, GPOADmin uses the Primary Domain Controller.
Select Comments to enforce comments to all actions and naming conventions for newly created objects. Set a minimum comment length greater than 0. Leaving the value at 0 means comments are optional for all actions. Any value greater than zero makes comments mandatory for all actions and all users.
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Select License | Current License to view the current license information.
Select the Update License check box and then click Browse and go to the new license location.
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Select Integration to configure settings that apply to a Quest Change Auditor™ integration.
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Select Enable FIPS Mode. The Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) are government set guidelines and standards published by the National Institute of Standards and Technology. To run a Windows environment in FIPS compliant mode, the Microsoft Policy “System cryptography: Use FIPS compliant algorithms for encryption, hashing, and signing” must be enabled.
Select Enable FIPS mode to ensures that GPOADmin uses cryptographic algorithms that are FIPS compliant.
Select Allow self-signed certificates when communicating with Exchange servers if required.

Editing the Version Control server configuration store

Users logged on with an account that is a member of the GPOADmin administrators group can edit the type of configuration store.

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Right-click the forest, and select Re-configure Version Control server.
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In the Select a Configuration Store dialog, select Active Directory, AD LDS, or SQL Server for your configuration storage location.

The best practice is to use AD LDS as the configuration store. However, in large environments, SQL server is the recommended option. Quest uses the following criteria to define large environments:

These are guidelines and should not be considered as an exhaustive list.

Replacing the Version Control server configuration settings

In some cases, you may want to keep the majority of the Version Control server settings the same throughout the deployment and have only select settings unique for each server.

If this is the case, you can copy the settings from an existing sever and then update where required rather than having to enter all the settings required during a reconfiguration.

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Right-click the forest, and select Copy Server Configuration.
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Right-click the forest, and select Options to update where required.

 

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