News

Microsoft Group Policy Tool Enters Broad Beta

In rolling out Release Candidate 2 of Windows .NET Server 2003 on Thursday, Microsoft Corp. also offered the bulk of its user base a first look at a new tool for the prickly problems of Group Policy management.

Users who sign up for the Corporate Preview Program to get RC2 of Windows .NET Server 2003 will also get the Beta 2 version of the Group Policy Management Console. Microsoft first introduced the GPMC to a limited group of testers in August.

"GPMC significantly eases the management of Group Policy operations and will be available to Windows .NET Server 2003 customers as a free download," a Microsoft spokeswoman said.

Group Policy was introduced in Windows 2000 to provide administrators a policy-based method for setting security management, user management, data management, software access and configuration management. While offering powerful capabilities, Group Policy in complex configurations often made it difficult for administrators to predict how rules would propagate through the network and affect an individual user or object.

Several third-party tools, such as FAZAM 2000, cropped up to provide such functionality as determining the impact of Group Policies on target entities and providing what-if simulations on the effects of Group Policy settings.

Microsoft's new Group Policy Management Console will provide some of those same functions. The new tool combines new capabilities for Group Policy management with Group Policy-related elements of several existing tools. It consists of a Microsoft Management Console snap-in and scriptable interfaces for managing group policy.

At the launch of Windows .NET Server, GPMC will be available as a separate, free component. While it will only run on Windows .NET Server 2003 or Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 1, the tool will be capable of managing both Windows 2000 and Windows .NET Server 2003 domains.

About the Author

Scott Bekker is editor in chief of Redmond Channel Partner magazine.

Featured

  • Microsoft Nudging Out Classic SharePoint Blogs

    So-called "classic" blogs used by SharePoint Online subscribers are on their way toward "retirement," according to Dec. 4 Microsoft Message Center post.

  • Datacenters in Space: OrbitsEdge Partners with HPE

    A Florida-based startup is partnering with Hewlett Packard Enterprise in a deal that gives new meaning to the "edge" in edge computing.

  • Windows 10 Hyper-V vs. Windows Server Hyper-V: Which Platform for Which Workloads?

    The differences between these two Hyper-V versions are pretty significant, depending on what you plan to use them for. Here's a quick rundown of each platform, from their features to licensing quirks to intended use cases.

  • Office Mobile Apps To End as Microsoft Highlights New Office App

    Microsoft plans to end support for Windows 10 Mobile applications on Jan. 12, 2021, according to a Friday announcement.

comments powered by Disqus

Office 365 Watch

Sign up for our newsletter.

Terms and Privacy Policy consent

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.