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Windows Server® 2008 Administrator's Pocket Consultant by William Stanek

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Navigating Group Policy Changes

In an effort to streamline management of Group Policy, Microsoft removed management features from Active Directory–related tools and moved to a primary console called the Group Policy Management Console (GPMC). The GPMC is a feature that you can add to any installation of Windows Server 2008 by using the Add Features Wizard. The GPMC is also included with Windows Vista and available as a download from the Microsoft Web site. Once you add the GPMC to a server, it is available on the Administrative Tools menu.

When you want to edit a GPO in the GPMC, the GPMC opens the Group Policy Management Editor, which you use to manage the policy settings. If Microsoft had stopped with these two tools, we’d have a wonderful and ...

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