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Simplified Group Policy Management and Administration

As one of the most robust configuration tools in your Windows infrastructure, Group Policy plays a major role in establishing a secure and compliant networking environment for your users. With Group Policy regulating everything from critical business processes and security settings to individual workstations and printers, managing Group Policy objects (GPOs) can become time-consuming and expensive.

Award-winning GPOADmin automates critical Group Policy management tasks to reduce costs and eliminate manual processes.  Supporting change management best practices, you can quickly and effectively administer GPO changes, and verify and compare GPO versions over time to confirm the consistency of different GPO settings.



Key Features

  • Version comparisons: Quickly verify setting consistency and improve GPO auditing with advanced, side-by-side GPO version comparisons at different intervals. 
  • Approval-based workflow: Ensure that changes adhere to change management best practices before deployment.
  • Delete version history: Manage and reduce the size of the backup store.
  • Workflow commenting:Track the request, review and approval processes with comments and email notifications at any stage. Requests to modify GPOs can be approved or rejected by email without opening the GPOADmin console.
  • Custom email templates: Customize email notifications with specific text and/or attachments by role (e.g., help desk).
  • Scheduling: Enable approved changes to be implemented immediately or on a schedule.
  • Microsoft Group Policy Management Console: Use the GPMC GUI for a familiar look and feel.
  • Enhanced Group Policy comparison: Compare side-by-side GPO versions to verify setting consistency.
  • Group Policy lineage: Test pre-production GPO "clones" before they're rolled out.
  • Hidden GPOs: Hide pre-production GPOs from all but selected administrators.
  • Protected Settings policies: Define a list of GPO settings with predetermined values that must exist and cannot be modified.
  • Object management: Assign responsibility for specific policies, either at the object or GPOADmin container level, to specific users to quickly identify who is responsible for managing specific policies.
  • GPO check-in and check-out: Prevent simultaneous editing conflicts.
  • GPO locking: Prevent unwanted changes to production GPOs.
  • Pre- and post-actions: Execute custom actions before or after a GPOADmin change to facilitate integration with internal processes and systems.
  • Mobile integration: Rerun deployment upon failure from your mobile device with Dell™ Mobile IT.

Key Benefits

  • Closes the gap in the native GPO management processes by automating critical tasks.
  • Helps prove compliance to ITIL, MOF, SOX, Basel II, HIPAA and C-198.
  • Integrates with existing Microsoft tools, eliminating the need to learn a third-party interface.
  • Drives availability with advanced backup and rollback capabilities.
  • Saves valuable time and reduces risk of outages by eliminating scripts and manual processes.
  • Reduces total cost of ownership (TCO) by centralizing desktop management.
  • Simplifies the enforcement of enterprise-wide business policies by enabling streamlined GPO control.
  • Drives network security by restricting access to production GPOs.

Sys Reqs

Before installing GPOADmin 5.8, ensure that your system meets the following hardware and software requirements.

Hardware requirements


2Ghz CPU Memory



Hard disk space

1 Gb (prefer 50Gb if backups and reports stored on the same drive)

Operating systems

  • Windows® Vista
  • Windows® 7
  • Windows® 8
  • Windows® 8.1
  • Windows® Server 2003
  • Windows® Server 2003 R2
  • Windows® Server 2008
  • Windows® Server 2008 R2
  • Windows® Server 2012
  • Windows® Server 2012 R2

GPOADmin requirements

  • .NET Framework 4.0
  • GPMC Extension compatible for the system where you are installing GPOADmin.
  • Microsoft® Group Policy Management Console with Service Pack 1 or Remote Server Administration Tools

Configuration store requirements

  • Active Directory® or ADAM/AD LDS

Backup store requirements

  • Network Share (recommended)
  • Active Directory® (not recommended)
  • SQL Server

Watcher service

  • Same system requirements as GPOADmin.


  • GPO Containers

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GPOADmin snaps into the Microsoft Group Policy Management Console (GPMC) to help streamline and automate critical tasks and provide enhanced auditing, version control and reporting capabilities.

GPO Comparison

Industry-leading GPO comparison capabilities ensure the integrity of GPO settings and reduce the risk of policy violations..


With GPOADmin, you can easily roll back Group Policy Objects to their previous versions, eliminating any ill effects of an undesired change.

Custom Workflow Actions

GPOADmin can integrate with other solutions and processes. With Custom Workflow Actions, users can define what needs to happen when something takes place in GPOADmin.

Protected Settings policies

Administrators can define a list of GPO settings with predetermined values that must exist and cannot be modified. Once the Protected Settings policy is applied to a GPOADmin container, policies that are modified and become in violation will be blocked from being checked in.

Object management

Specific users can be assigned responsibility for specific policies, either at the object level or GPOADmin container level. This helps all administrators identify who is responsible for managing specific policies.

Email approval

Workflow requests to modify GPOs can be approved or rejected by email, without opening the GPOADmin console. The email contains a Settings report to help inform the approval decision.

Custom email templates

Email notifications can be customized with specific text and/or attachments for specific roles (e.g., help desk, senior management, etc.). For example, if an organization requires a change request form to be completed to modify a GPO, it can be attached to the email notification to streamline the process.