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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

Configuring user preferences

Through user preferences, you can set where to store your reports, where to send notifications, and the default script editor.

Select the Preferences tab.
By default, Notepad is configured for editing scripts. To set an alternative editor, click Add, and enter the script extension, the application, and optional switches to use.
Select the Notifications tab and enter the email address where you want to have the notification messages sent.

Working with the live environment

Registering objects

To start working with the Version Control system, the GPOs, starter GPOs, scripts, DSC scripts, WMI filters, and Scopes of Management (Sites, Domains, and Organizational Units) must be registered. You have the option to make GPOs workflow enabled at the time of registration and to maintain the version history of objects that were previously registered within GPOADmin.

Registering and unregistering are recursive for objects when they are selected from the treeview on the left of the console. All child objects are included unless you individually select lower-level objects to register.

You have the choice of registering all items in the selected container or domain, all GPOs, all scripts, all DSC scripts, or all WMI Filters when you use the Register menu. When you register objects at the domain level, you do not automatically register GPOs, scripts, DSC scripts, or WMI filters in the domain unless they are already linked to the Scopes of Management that are being registered. You can select WMI Filters, scripts, DSC scripts, and GPOs separately, using their respective folders.

When an object is added to the system for the first time, it will be automatically backed up (stored) in the Version Control system history and labeled with a version of 1.0, unless another major version number is specified during the registration process. Each time a change is made (an object is checked in) a minor number is added. For example, v1.2, v1.3, and v1.4. When a change is deployed to the enterprise by a user with the appropriate role, the version number will change to the next major number, for example, v2.0 and v3.0.

Expand GPOADmin, the Live Environment, and domain nodes, and select the object you want to register within the Version Control system.
Right-click and select one of the following: Register - This Object Only, - All, - Group Policy Objects, - Scopes of Management, or - WMI Filters.

Registering GPOs using the GPMC Extension is not recursive. If you want to register all child objects at once, use the GPOADmin console.

Expand the forest, domains, and domain nodes. Click the Group Policy Objects node, and select the GPO you want to register within the Version Control system.
Click Register.
Click New Container and name the container then click OK.

Registered status

You can quickly see the status of registered GPOs, starter GPOs, scripts, DSC scripts, WMI filters, sites, domains, and OUs. The objects will either be available for check out, already checked out, or checked in and awaiting approval to be committed to the enterprise. The options available to you at each state will depend on your specific role and permission. Registered objects will be in one of the following states:




Checked Out

Pending Approval

Pending Deployment

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