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Microsoft Posts Group Policy Management Console

Microsoft this week posted a free tool to help administrators manage Group Policy.

The Group Policy Management Console (GPMC) combines new functionality with existing Microsoft tools to centralize and simplify Group Policy management. The GPMC, an MMC snap-in, is a download that runs on administrative computers running Windows Server 2003 or Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 1 and the .NET Framework.

Late last year, Microsoft said the tool would be available by the time Windows Server 2003 is available.

"The GPMC lets administrators manage Group Policy for multiple domains and sites within one or more forests, all in a simplified user interface (UI) with drag-and-drop support. Highlights include new functionality such as backup, restore, import, copy, and reporting of Group Policy objects (GPOs). These operations are fully scriptable, which lets administrators customize and automate management," according to Microsoft's documentation.

The tool works on both Windows 2000 and Windows Server 2003 Active Directory domains.

It is available at www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/gpmc/default.mspx.

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

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