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Management

Active Directory GPO Management

IT administrators are entrusted with the task of creating and managing Active Directory (AD) security policies for seamless resource access. Administering policies and configuring settings for individual users and computers is a time-consuming affair. A Group Policy Object (GPO) eases policy management by offering the flexibility to apply policies to domains, organizational units (OUs), or entire sites. GPOs also provide flexibility by allowing administrators to apply policies to an individual object or a set of objects within an OU in one go.

Microsoft's Active Directory Users and Computers and Group Policy Management Console (GPMC) are the most widely used tools to create objects and apply group policies respectively in AD. However, administrators using these native AD tools may find it difficult and spend a lot of time toggling between multiple consoles. The GPMC also only allows admins to apply group policies to one domain, OU, or site at a time, making it challenging to manage multiple GPOs. In this way, the native tools lag behind when it comes to managing GPOs.

ADManager Plus, an AD GPO management tool, is a comprehensive web-based solution for managing and automating AD tasks. With ADManager Plus, admins can create AD objects in bulk and apply GPOs to objects, all from the same window.

With an intuitive and centralized UI, this GPO manager allows administrators to:

Create GPOs

Create GPOs

With the GPMC, creating GPOs and linking them to AD objects isn't a one-step process. Administrators need to create the GPO first, then link it to the corresponding objects, which is time-consuming. With ADManager Plus, on the other hand, administrators can create GPOs and link them to multiple OUs or sites in a single operation.

Manage GPOs

Manage GPOs

ADManager Plus allows administrators to easily:

  • Edit GPOs
  • Enable or disable GPOs
  • Delete GPOs
  • Rename GPOs
  • Manage GPO scope
  • Configure GPO permissions
Edit GPO settings

As a company's security plan evolves, administrators create new group policies to meet those new needs. When new policies are created and applied, administrators can choose to either delete the old policies permanently or disable them. Using ADManager Plus, administrators can perform both of these actions easily. ADManager Plus' GPO management feature helps administrators edit the administrative template settings for both user and computer configuration of GPOs. And, unlike the GPMC, ADManager Plus lets administrators perform management actions on multiple GPOs at once, saving time and effort. With this GPO management tool, it's also possible to manage GPO scope with security and Windows Management Instrumentation filtering options and configure GPO permissions for specific users, computers, and groups.

Link GPOs

Administrators generally create group policies to achieve a particular result. For example, they might create a policy that restricts users and computers in particular domains, sites, or OUs from accessing certain applications. With ADManager Plus, administrators can easily link a GPO to particular domains, sites, or OUs.

Configuring a GPO in a larger organization where there are hundreds of GPOs and OUs is a daunting task. However, ADManager Plus makes this task easy by allowing administrators to configure GPOs for multiple objects in just one click.

Depending on various factors, an organization's policies can regularly change. As these changes happen, an administrator would normally be required to make corresponding changes in GPOs. For instance, a GPO that deals with firewall settings might apply to an entire OU, but a change in that organization's policy might demand that it be applied to only a few child OUs within that OU. To facilitate these types of changes quickly and easily, ADManager Plus offers the following features:

Manage GPO links
  • Enable, disable, or remove GPO links
  • Enforce or remove enforcement options for GPO links
  • Block or unblock inheritance of GPO links

With its wide variety of features and easy-to-use UI, ADManager Plus makes GPO management easy for IT administrators. It offers prepackaged GPO reports, including recently created GPOs and GPO blocked inheritance containers, which make it easy to obtain GPO-related information instantly. Additionally, admins can securely delegate Group Policy management to help desk technicians.

Benefits of using ADManager Plus for Group Policy management:

  • Manage GPOs in bulk from a unified, web-based console.
  • Locate administrative template settings easily using quick search.
  • Delegate GPO management, and obtain in-depth reports on GPOs.
  • Eliminate the need for PowerShell scripts in GPO management and reporting.

Stop switching between ADUC, GPMC, and other windows to keep your AD environment up and running.

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