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GPOADmin 5.18 - 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)
Creating a custom container hierarchy Selecting security, levels of approval, and notification options Viewing the differences between objects Copying/pasting objects Proposing the creation of controlled objects Merging GPOs Restoring an object to a previous version Restoring links to a previous version Managing your links with search and replace Linking GPOs to multiple Scopes of Management Managing compliance issues automatically with remediation rules Validating GPOs Managing GPO revisions with lineage Setting the change window for specific actions Working with registered objects Working with available objects Working with checked out objects Working with objects pending approval and deployment
Checking compliance Editing objects Synchronizing GPOs Exporting and importing
Creating Reports 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

Navigating the GPOADmin console

The GPOADmin console consists of a window divided into two panes.

The left pane displays a hierarchical structure of the live enterprise objects and the Version Control systems that are available to you.

The right pane displays the details that pertain to the selected item in the console tree. For version controlled objects this includes:

Search folders

Search folders

Search folders are an easy way to view the status of objects within the Version Control system. A complete list of default search folders is made available to cover most of your needs.

However, you can also create custom search folders to meet your specific requirements. See Creating custom search folders.

The default search folders include:

Creating custom search folders

Custom search folders allow you to combine many variations to augment the ability to view the status of the objects within your Version Control system deployment.

For example, because the “Name” and “Domain Name” support the use of wildcards (such as Name = *Accounting*), you can select to view all the unregistered objects that contain “Accounting” in their name to help pinpoint issues that require your attention.

You can also select to filter the search to return results based on specified GPO settings.

Right-click the Search Folders and select New Custom Search.
Right-click New Custom Search and select Properties to configure the type of objects that will be included in the search folder.
Begin by selecting the object attribute from the Field. These options allow you to create custom folders so that you can easily perform actions in bulk on objects that contain a specified value.
Select the required Value for the selected object attribute. The available selection depends on the chosen field. (For example, the available keyword values reflect the primary list of keywords previously assigned to the object; the deployment results have a “Success” or “Fail” value with success returning items that were successfully deployed during the last deployment and fail returning items that failed their last deployment.)
Click Add.
For a a GPO search, you can select the Apply settings to results option and enter a value to filer the search results. For example, you easily search for and view all GPOs that contain the word "Enabled".
Right-click the New Custom Search folder and select Rename to provide a meaningful name.

Accessing the GPMC extension

As part of its installation, GPOADmin appears as a tab in Microsoft Group Policy Management Console (GPMC). In the right pane, there are now two tabs: one for GPMC, and one for GPO Management. On the GPO Management tab, all GPOs are listed, regardless of whether they are under version control. The GPMC Extension has a toolbar for easy access to commonly used functions.

You are automatically connected to the Version Control server selected during the installation process, based on the credentials of the currently logged in user. You can connect to other Version Control servers if needed.

For a full list of tasks you can perform using the GPMC Extension, see Group Policy Management Console extension .

Click the Group Policy Objects node.
Click the GPO Management tab.
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