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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

Changing the approval workflow

By default, approvals are processed in the order listed on the Approvals tab in the Container or Item Properties. Optionally, approvals can be performed base on count where the any approver can approve at any time. In this case, the item status will change to Pending Deployment once the total number of received approvals equals the total sum of the required approvals.

NOTE: You can select the Override inherited work flow check box if you want the approvals process for a container to be different from its top level container.
Open the Approvals tab and select the workflow type you want to manage.
Click Add to select a user or group.
Click the "-" button to the right of the level of approval you do not want.

Withdrawing approval

Before the final approval has been made and the changes have been deployed, any approver has the right to withdraw their approval. When any approval is withdrawn, the process begins again from the start.

Approving and rejecting edits

Once an object has been checked in and the Approver has been notified that the offline changes are ready for approval, the changes are either approved or rejected.

Expand the Version Control Root node, and the required container.
If this option has been configured by the administrator (see Configuring the Version Control server ), approvers will receive an email with the subject line “Approval Request Notification”.
Click to Approve or Reject and enter a comment as the body of the new email message to perform the selected action for the requested changes.
Expand the Version Control Root node, and the required container.

Deploying objects (scheduling and associated items)

Deploying changes within the system is a critical process that affects the live environment. To minimize the impact of disruption, this process should be done during a time period when the impact to users is minimal as the changes may alter the behavior of particular systems.

To reduce any issues, you can schedule the deployment of the changes for a specific date and time that best suits your needs. You can also schedule a deployment based on a different time zone, for example if the client is not in the same time zone as the server and you want to deploy based on the client’s time zone.

If you have multiple approvers:

During the deployment of an object, you have the option to identify and deploy any associated items (in the pending deployment state). When the associated objects are deployed they are subject to all regular compliance checks (including security checks).

Expand the Version Control Root node, and the required container.
Enable the Identify associated items option to see a list of all associated pending deployment items that you have Read access to.
Enable the Deploy associated items option to deploy the associated items.

You can only deploy GPOs using the GPMC Extension. To deploy SOMs or WMI filters, use the GPOADmin console.

Select the GPO and click Workflow | Deploy.
Select the GPO in the Pending Deployment state and click Workflow | Deploy, then select Cancel pending deployment.
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