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Windows Server 2003 in a Nutshell by Mitch Tulloch

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Group Policy—Tools

Synopsis

Together with the complexity of Group Policy comes a plethora of tools for administering it.

GUI Tools

First, let’s summarize the various GUI tools included in WS2003 for managing Group Policy:

Active Directory Users and Computers

This console can be used to create, delete, edit, and link GPOs to domains and OUs.

Active Directory Sites and Services

This console can be used to create, delete, edit, and link GPOs to sites.

Group Policy Object Editor (GPOE)

This MMC snap-in is used to edit the settings of existing GPOs, but you can’t use it to create a new GPO. This snap-in was named Group Policy in W2K.

Local Security Policy

This console can be used on standalone and member servers to verify the security settings on the local machine.

Domain Controller Security Policy

This console can be used on domain controllers to verify the security settings for the domain controller.

Domain Security Policy

This console can be used on domain controllers to verify the security settings for the domain.

Resultant Set of Policies (RSoP)

This MMC snap-in is new to WS2003 and can be used to analyze how GPOs combine to produce effective settings on the local machine. RSoP can run in one of two modes:

Planning Mode

Simulates the effect of Group Policy without actually applying it

Logging Mode

Obtains the results of Group Policy that have been applied

Related Security Tools

The use of two other MMC snap-ins has a bearing on Group Policy:

Security Configuration and Analysis

Analyzes and configures ...

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