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The Microsoft Group Policy Management Console (GPMC) is the new solution for Group Policy management that helps you manage your enterprise more cost-effectively. It consists of a Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-in and a set of scriptable interfaces for managing Group Policy. The GPMC is available as a separate component to Windows Server 2003.

Purpose of GPMC

GPMC is designed to simplify the management of Group Policy by providing a single place for managing core aspects of Group Policy. You can think of the GPMC as a one-stop resource for managing your Group Policy needs.

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GPMC addresses the top Group Policy deployment requirements, as requested by customers, by providing:

  • A user interface (UI) that makes Group Policy much easier to use.

  • Backup/restore of Group Policy objects (GPOs).

  • Import/export and copy/paste of GPOs and Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) filters.

  • Simplified management of Group Policy–related security.

  • HTML reporting for GPO settings and Resultant Set of Policy (RSoP) data.

  • Scripting of GPO operations that are exposed within this tool—but not scripting of settings with a GPO.

Prior to GPMC, administrators were required to use several Microsoft tools to manage Group Policy. GPMC integrates the existing Group Policy functionality of those tools into a single, unified console, along with the new capabilities listed above.

Managing Windows 2000 and Windows Server 2003 Domains: GPMC is able to manage both Windows 2000 and Windows Server 2003-based domains with the Active Directory service.

System Requirements

Supported Operating Systems: Windows Server 2003, Windows XP.

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.

For Windows XP Professional users, you must have the following installed prior to installing the GPMC:

  • Windows XP Service Pack 1

  • .NET Framework

Your domain controllers must be running Windows 2000 with Service Pack 2 or later. Windows 2000 Service Pack 3 is recommended. Domain controller(s) located in an external forest must have Windows 2000 Service Pack 3 or later installed if you will be accessing those domain controllers from a computer running GPMC, because GPMC requires signing and encryption of all LDAP communications. If do not have Service Pack 3 or later installed on the Windows 2000 domain controller(s) in an external forest, you can temporarily relax LDAP signing and encryption requirements by modifying the registry of the computer running GPMC, as described in Knowledge Base Article 325465.

When installing the GPMC on Windows XP Professional, GPMC Setup prompts you to install Windows XP QFE 326469if it is not already present. This QFE updates your version of gpedit.dll to version 5.1.2600.1186, which is required by GPMC. This QFE will be made available in Windows XP Service Pack 2.

If the language version of the GPMC doesn’t match the language of your operating system, GPMC will not install the QFE. You will need to separately obtain and install this QFE. To obtain this QFE, please see Knowledge Base Article 326469.

Download GPMC v1.02 + SP1 (5.55mb)

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