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GPOADmin 5.15 - User Guide

Introducing Quest GPOADmin Configuring GPOADmin Using GPOADmin
Connecting to the Version Control system Navigating the GPOADmin console Search folders Accessing the GPMC extension Configuring user preferences Working with the live environment Working with controlled objects (version control root) Checking compliance Editing objects Synchronizing GPOs Exporting and importing
Creating Reports Working with the GPOADmin Dashboard Appendix: Windows PowerShell Commands Appendix: GPOADmin Event Log Appendix: GPOADmin Backup and Recovery Procedures Appendix: Customizing your workflow Appendix: GPOADmin Silent Installation Commands Appendix: Configuring Gmail for Notifications Appendix: Registering GPOADmin for Office 365 Exchange Online Appendix: GPOADmin with SQL Replication About Us

Checking in controlled objects

Once you have checked out an object and edited its settings (for more information, see Editing objects ), you have the option to:

A check in updates the history of the object within the Version Control system with the changes made while it was checked out. Included with any check-in is a comment and a unique minor version number (such as 1.1).

A check in does not allow the offline changes to go live into the enterprise environment as it must first be approved. Once an object is marked as Pending Approval, it cannot be checked out by any other user of the system.

Multiple check in and check outs are allowed to occur within the system without requiring approval. When a user checks in an object so it is available to another system user, the next user to check out the same object will be working with the current offline version consisting of all changes made to date. After all the users have made their required changes to the offline object it is processed by the approval system to determine if the changes are accepted to go live into the enterprise or not.

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Expand the Version Control Root node and the required container.
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Right-click and select Request Approval if required. Enter a comment and click OK.
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Select the GPO and click Workflow | Check In.
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Click Workflow | Request Approval if required. Enter a comment and click OK.

Working with objects pending approval and deployment

Only users with the Deploy permission can make the changes go live in the enterprise. The approval system safeguards the enterprise environment from any unauthorized live changes that could cause unwanted results. For more information on delegating permissions, see Configuring role-based delegation .

The types of requests from users that require approval are

For more information, see:

Withdrawing an approval request

Any user who proposes a change to an object can withdraw their own request for approval while the change is in the Pending Approval state.

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Select a GPO in the Pending Approval state, and click Workflow | Withdraw Approval Request.

Enhanced workflow approval

You have the option of implementing a further safeguard by designating and modifying multi-level approvers. With this option, the required approvals at all levels must be granted before an object becomes available for deployment in the live environment.

Not everyone in a named group has to approve, just the required number. For example there may be 10 members in Group B but we may require only 3 approvals from that group to satisfy our requirements.

When you create a role within GPOADmin, you now have the option of empowering that role with the Modify Approval Workflow permission.

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Open the Roles tab and select Add New Role.
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Scroll down the list of permissions and select the Modify Approval Workflow check box.
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NOTE: You can view an existing role’s rights by selecting the role, selecting View Role, opening the Rights tab, and noting the permissions that have been grated.

Use caution granting this permission. A user with this permission can add, modify or delete the approval workflow a requested change must follow before it modifies the live environment.

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