PolicyPak and Dell’s GPOadmin Tool

GPOadmin from Dell is great. It provides a full workflow management around Group Policy Objects. And PolicyPak is fully compatible with all the GPOadmin constructs: check in, check out, deploy, differences reports and more. Check out this video if you’re a Dell GPOadmin customer to see how PolicyPak integrates perfectly with your Dell GPOadmin Group Policy management solution.

Policypak works along Dell’s GPOAdmin Video Transcript

Hi, this is Jeremy Moskowitz, Group Policy MVP and Founder of PolicyPak Software. In this demonstration, we’re going to talk about the connection point between Dell’s GPOADmin utility and PolicyPak. Dell’s GPOADmin utility is a check-in/check-out and workflow management tool for Group Policy Objects, and PolicyPakis compatible with that.

What I want to show you right now is a Group Policy Object inside of “Quest GPOADmin”called “Manage Firefox Using Group Policy.”What I’m going to do is I’m going to right click over this. I’m going to “Check Out.” It has currently no changes in it, so what I’m going to do is I’ll “Make my first changes.” So this is really a blank Group Policy Object.

I’ve just checked it out; see now it’s “Checked Out.” I’m going to click “Edit” here. This is the GPOADmin pre-launch editor. This is a great little wizard that is part of GPOADmin. For our purposes, we’re going to click on “Launch Editor” here. This should look very familiar to you. It launches the Group Policy Management Editor.

If we wanted to dive down under user side “PolicyPak/Applications/New/Application” and select any of the PolicyPaks that you’ve either got in the local storage or central storage. We’ll just go ahead and select “PolicyPak for Mozilla Firefox” just for fun.

We’ll go ahead and click on this guy right here, “Mozilla Firefox.” We’ll change the “Home Page” from “about:blank” to “www.web1.com,” just something like that. So we’ve changed the homepage to “www.web1.com,” and we’ll go ahead and click “OK.” That’s it.

We’ll go ahead and click “OK” again here. Now we’ve got those changes in Dell’s GPOADmin’s offline database. What we’re going to do next is right click over that offline copy, “Manage Firefox Using Group Policy,” and “Check In.” Now we’re done with that, so we’ll say “Made our first change,” and we’ll say “OK” here. The status should change from “Checked Out” to checked in. There we go; it has become “Available.”

What we’ll do next is we’ll right click and we will “Approve” it. Basically at this point now, we’re going through the chain of command. We’ve checked it out, made some changes, checked it in. Now it’s ready to go, and now we’re approving it, so “Ready to deploy.” It’s now “Pending Deployment” is the current status here.

Now at this point, I’m just refreshing. We can right click, and now “Deploy” it live. Now just for fun, I’m going to show you the current live GPO here. This is the real Group Policy Management Console. If we look inside the GPO and click on the “Settings” report, you’ll see that there are absolutely “No settings defined” in there right now.

If we were to dive in there and right click and “Deploy” now inside of “Quest GPOADmin,” we are now “Deploying these FF settings live” scheduled for “Immediate deployment.” That’s it.

If we were to now dive back into the real Group Policy Editor and refresh, there we go. We can see our Mozilla Firefox settings. If we were to right click under the live GPO – which you probably shouldn’t do if you’re running Dell GPOADmin – you can see that the settings are, in fact, perfectly there just as we would expect, “www.web1.com.”

Now let’s go ahead and continue the model of how “Quest GPOADmin” works, which is we can now right click and we can “Check Out” and make a different setting. We’re going to “Change Web Settings.” We’re now checking out that Group Policy Object here. It’s now “Checked Out.”

We’ll right click and click “Edit” here. We’ll go ahead and “Launch Editor” again. We’ll dive down under “PolicyPak/Applications/New/Application.” We’ll go ahead and make a change. You could, if you want to, create a new application setting here, but we’re not going to do that. We’re just going to change the existing Firefox one that we’ve got here from “www.web1.com” to “www.web2.com.” We’re making just a small little change here just to prove a point.

We’ll go ahead and close that out here. We’ll dive back into the “Quest GPOADmin” and click “OK.” Now we’ve made our change. It’s now “Checked Out.” We’re going to right click and “Check In.” We’ve “Made our important change.” The status should change in just a second here. There we go. It’s now “Available.”I’m going to go ahead and once again “Approve” this and deploy it, OK, “approved.” Then go ahead and “Deploy” it. We’ll say that this is “Deploy number 2.”

What we get out of this ability is similar to other Group Policy management tools. The idea is that we’re doing all of our settings changes offline and then only deploying when we need to. We can also perform a report and history. If I want to “Show History” of this Group Policy Object, I can see the multiple changes that I’ve made.

I can see that here is “Deploy number 2,” and there is “Made our important change” and “Deploying these FF settings live.” If I want to, I can compare these two different entry points and run a “Differences” report. I’m going to go ahead and do that right now. This takes a couple seconds to do what it has to do.When it’s done, what we get is we can see that “Value” of the Firefox “Home Page” was changed from “www.web1.com” to “www.web2.com.”

This is, again, similar to what you might see in some other change management tools.The point of this whole video, of course, is to show you that PolicyPak is fully compatible with Dell GPOADmin. If you are currently using Dell GPOADmin to manage your Group Policy environment, PolicyPak is a natural fit to continue onward with that and do more on your desktops.

If you want to learn exactly what PolicyPak does and how it has its own Superpowers upon the desktop to deploy settings, lock them down and keep those setting available offline, then go ahead and watch some of our other videos, which show that in excruciating detail. I just want here to show you that we’re compatible with the Dell GPOADmin workflow.

OK, thank you very much. When you’re ready for a trial of PolicyPak, just go ahead and click on the download button on the right. We’ll be in contact, and we’ll get you a download of PolicyPak real soon.

Thank you very much. Have a good day.

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