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PolicyPak Cloud: Deliver all Group Policy and PolicyPak settings thru the cloud
Hi this is Jeremy Moskowitz and in this video I’m going to show you how you can take your real group policy settings, real Microsoft group policy settings and real PolicyPak settings and export them for use to deliver to your domain joined and non-domain joined machines using PolicyPak cloud.
So in a previous video I created some examples like here’s Mozilla’s Firefox setting it up and we right click and we can export these settings to an XML data file. And I’ve already done that for other settings like group policy, security, local events, security options. So by way of example we’re renaming the guest account here and for items like group policy preferences for instance I’ve got a shortcut item here that will deliver a shortcut icon on the desktop. You can just right click and you can make an XML file out of that.
And also things like inside user side policies, admin templates, things like control panel settings, desktop settings, all the favorite things you like in group policies are the thousands of settings. And we do that in admin template manager where you can right click and export these settings to XML.
So I’ve done all these things already, I’ve saved these files to a folder already, in a previous video called ‘Exported’. So I’ve got this exported folder right here. And like I said I’ve got prevent access to the control panel, exported security settings which we’ll rename the guest account, I’ve exported Firefox settings for PolicyPak application manager, and I’ve got a group policy preferences shortcut item.
So now that we’ve got these things as XML files, we’re simply going to logon to PolicyPak cloud and upload them. So let’s go ahead and log onto PolicyPak cloud. So now that you’re logged onto PolicyPak cloud, let’s head over to the computer groups tab. And the computer groups is a lot like the GPMC. The idea’s that we’ve got these folders that are a lot like OUs and the idea over here is that you can upload and link a new XML file right here.
So for instance we’ve got a built in group called ‘All’ and we can upload and link – let’s take our PolicyPak shortcut item. So we’ll call this ‘PP shortcut on desktop’ okay and click add. And that’s going to upload the file, and look at that, link it over to the ‘All’ group.
And maybe for our company groups over here I’ve got a group called ‘Roaming computers’. And I want to link an XML, sorry, upload and link a new XML file here and I’ll go ahead and select the control panel item. So we’ll call this ‘Prevent access to control panel’. We’ll go ahead and do another one here. We’ll go ahead and do the Firefox one, so we’ll call this ‘Manage Firefox’ and we’ll do another one here, the last one is going to be the security settings, so we’ll call this ‘Rename Guest account’, that’s, these are real group policy settings.
So by the time this is over, when we join PolicyPak cloud, by default we’re going to get this PP shortcut icon on the desktop. And when we move the computer from, from not assigned to a company group, we’re going to pick up these three directives. Let’s see that work. So if we go over to our end point here, the first thing we’re going to do is join PolicyPak cloud. And actually before I even do that let me show you something that’s pretty important, this computer is not domain joined, so we’re about to get this stuff over to our computers even though they’re not domain joined.
The PolicyPak cloud client will join PolicyPak cloud, download the moving part called the client side extension and also install the, download the XML directives, the real group policy settings that you’ve previously uploaded.
Now you can see this computer is immediately in two special groups, one’s called ‘Unassigned’ and the other one’s called ‘All’. If we just wait a second, watch right here, boom! Right there, the PolicyPak shortcut item that we linked to the special ‘All’ group is automatically going to affect absolutely everybody.
Now the next thing we want to do is move this computer, let’s take a look at the computers, in the groups now. So if we take a look at unassigned computers and we show computers here, we can see this computer’s called ‘Win a Pro’. Let’s move this unassigned computer to our roaming computers company group, and we’ll move it here. So now he’s going to get everything that’s in all, and also the three things that are now in the roaming computers, company group that you created.
So now we’ll just go over to our end point and we can wait a little while or we can just run PP cloud/Sync. And this will automatically go out to the internet and download all of the directives based on where the computer group is. And just like that, we’re all protected. So let’s see if the directives actually took effect.
The first thing we want to do is right click over the desktop and go to personalize, that’s the checking out the control panel. And control panel has been obliterated, exactly what we expected. By the way, that’s a bug that’s been in Windows in just forever, that’s the first thing. If we go over to Firefox, let’s see, do we get the Firefox settings we expect? We sure do, we’ve got the PolicyPak homepage and if we look at the options, sure enough the homepage is locked down like we did in previous video. If we were to go to GPedit.msc here and take a look at company, computer rather window settings, security settings and local policy security options. There we go we can see the renamed guest account directive has been deployed.
And that’s it, we’ve got all four of the settings, we’ve got the shortcut, we’ve got the killer control panel, we’ve got the renamed guest account and we’ve got the managed Firefox. So said another way, it’s super easy to get your real group policy settings, or all of our PolicyPak magic out using PolicyPak cloud to all of your end point, domain joined or not domain joined.
Again to recap all you need to do is after you create your directives in the group policy editor, you simply right click and export them as an XML file. You upload that XML file to PolicyPak cloud, right here, you link those XML files to either the built in groups or the company groups of your choice. And then it’s just like using regular group policy at that point. You just simply wait a little while and your directives are automatically going to hit your end points. So that’s PolicyPak cloud in a nutshell, I hope that helps you out and looking forward to getting you in a trial real soon. Thanks so much.