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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

Notification system

GPOADmin contains a rich notification system that allows users to control a wide variety of Version Control events, sending details by email as the events occur.

Users can subscribe to the notification service, which is based on a granular defined event trigger such as Register, Check In, Create, and Delete for each object under the Version Control system. For approve and reject notifications, the email includes information on who was the last to approve any changes and the date of the last approved change.

Reports are included in notification emails when more details are required. For example, check-in notifications come with a settings report (to show the settings that were checked in) and a difference report (to show the differences between this version and the last version).

In addition, Administrators can delegate notifications to users who do not use GPOADmin, but who for business reasons, must be notified when an object is created, modified, or deleted.

For detailed information, see Selecting events on which to be notified, Adding notifications for users, and Configuring user preferences.

GPO ACL editor

A security group, user, or computer must have both Read and Apply Group Policy permissions for a policy to be applied. By default, all users and computers have these permissions for all new GPOs. They inherit these permissions from their membership in the group Authenticated Users. In GPOADmin, aside from changing the Security Filter, you can also manage the permissions of a particular group. For example, if you do not want a GPO applied to a group of users you can easily configure the permission on a particular GPO (“Deny Apply Group Policy”) so that it is not applied to the group of users.

For more information, see Selecting security, levels of approval, and notification options .

Reporting options

GPOADmin allows you to configure real time (for quick regeneration of live data) and historical snapshot report templates. All reports now run asynchronously; therefore, you no longer have to wait until one report has rendered before initiating a new report.

For detailed reporting options, see Creating Reports .

Customized views

You can organize controlled objects into a user-defined container hierarchy. Each container has its own security descriptor in which trustees can be granted (delegated) roles to define access to the container, subcontainer, or simply a specific GPO within these containers.

Version Control Root Hierarchy should be used for administrator management as a means to organize many objects into a logical view based on their enterprise structure.

The Search folders allow you to quickly view controlled objects based on their state within the Version Control system. Search folders are used as an easy way for users to view the status of objects within the Version Control system.

For more information, see Creating a custom container hierarchy .

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