Microsoft’s Group Policy Management Console with SP1 (GPMC) improves upon the native method of editing Group Policy by providing a more developed console that brings together management of Group Policy across a domain or enterprise. The GPMC snap-in provides easier access to Group Policy settings for the purpose of editing, managing and implementing Group Policy changes. It is a tool to more easily understand, deploy, manage, and troubleshoot Group Policy and can be used to manage Windows Server 2000 and 2003 based Group Policy implementations.
The GPMC runs on Windows XP Professional SP1 and Windows Server 2003 computers and can manage Group Policy in either Windows 2000 or Windows Server 2003 domains.
The GPMC is available as a free download from Microsoft. See MooreMN Downloads for a link to the Group Policy Management Console download page.
Make sure you check system requirements before installing, .Net Framework v1.1 is required for the GPMC to run.
After downloading, to install the GPMC, simply run the gpmc.msi package and follow the prompts, it’s a quick and painless install.
After installation of the GPMC, you can open the snap-in using any of the following methods:
- You can open a stand alone GPMC. From the Start button, select Run, type GPMC.msc, and click OK.
- A Group Policy Management shortcut is added to your Administrative Tools folder.
- To add the GPMC snap-in to an existing custom Microsoft Management Console (MMC):
– Open your existing custom MMC.
– From the File menu, choose Add/Remove Snap-in…, and then select Add.
– In the Add Standalone Snap-in dialog box, find and select Group Policy Management and click Add.
– Select Close, then select OK.
- To create a new custom MMC, type mmc from a command prompt.
Much of this articles information is excerpted from Microsofts Group Policy Management Console with Service Pack 1 download page. For more information including detailed system and domain/enterprise requirements and limitations, check the download page, it’s a pretty quick read.
Enterprise Management with the Group Policy Management Console
Windows Server Group Policy Home – TechNet
Group Policy – Wikipedia