Settings management products and solutions can get crowded and confusing. Why would you want to add PolicyPak products into the mix?

Because they do things that other settings management products cannot. PolicyPak products offer unique levels of control over, and insight into, settings on your applications and desktops.

So, here are the most common reasons people give for not needing PolicyPak products…and why they might want to think again.

I think I don’t need PolicyPak because…

1

I already pre-set my settings into my applications’ MSI and/or the settings within gold images.

2

We have everyone set up as “Standard User”; no users have Admin Rights.

3

I already have everything “Locked Down”.

4

I can handle everything with what’s in the box from Group Policy / Group Policy Preferences.

5

I don’t want to load PolicyPak’s “moving part / CSE” on every client machine – another thing to manage!

6

My applications already ship with an ADM or ADMX file.

7

I can just make my own ADM or ADMX files to manage my applications.

8

I can use Group Policy Preferences for that!

9

I already have login scripts which deliver various settings at login time.

10

I use SCCM, which can deploy software and has DCM capabilities.

11

I use (another systems management utility).

12

I use a “Group Policy Change Management tool” (like Microsoft AGPM, NetIQ GPA, or Quest GPOadmin).

13

I use a User Environment Management (UEM) tool.

14

I use “pooled” or “non-persistent VDI”, so when people reboot all settings go away. I also use “VDI Personal Disks” (e.g.: Citrix Personal vDisk, VMware Persona, or Microsoft VDI “Personal Profiles”).

15

I subscribe to MDOP (Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pak).

16

I use Deep-Freeze or other “Reboot to Recover” products.

17

I use an application whitelisting solution (like AppLocker, BeyondTrust Privilege Manager, Bit9, Viewfinity Application Control, Faronics Anti-Executable).

18

I use another “least privilege” user management tool (i.e.: BeyondTrust PowerBroker, Avecto Privilege Guard, Viewfinity Privilege Management or Quest Privilege Authority).