StarterGPOs – New feature in GPMC

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In Windows 2008 they have introduced Starter GPO’s. This is some sort of template with which you can create real GPO’s with this as base for further editing and also with these templates it will be easier to have templates in a larger environment where you have several persons creating GPO’s, for example at department level.

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As you can see in printscreen StarterGPOs have their own location in GPMC where you create your starters like any other GPO. Just right click and select New, Select a name and maybe a comment about this Starter and of you go.
When you open the Editor you will see that you only have Administrative Templates which is the only thing you can configure in these Starters. Software Settings and Windows Settings are excluded.
StarterGPO_Editor 

StarterGPO’s isn’t located in the same place as normal GPO’s.
A normal GPO would be in \\ad.domain.com\SYSVOL\ad.domain.com\Policies\ but a StarterGPO is located in \\ad.domain.com\SYSVOL\ad.domain.com\StarterGPOs but it’s still defined with a GUID

If you open one of these folders you wont find any GPT.ini file as normal when you have a GPO, instead you will find a StarterGPO.tmplx which is some sort of XML-file defining the Starter.
StarterGPO.tmplx


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Where do I find GPMC in Windows 2008

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When you install Windows 2008 and promote it to a Domain Controller, GPMC isn’t in your Administrative Tools.

In Windows 2008 everything is divided into Roles and Features. Roles are major “changes” to a server, for example Domain Controller, Terminal Server etc. Features is more or less “Add/Remove Windows components” which we have had in the past but of course with some more things.

One of these “more things” is the GPMC which you need to add manually using the Server Manager: Add Features.
Add features GPMC Windows 2008

After GPMC has been installed you can find it as normal in the Administrative Tools.
GPMC visible in Administrative Tools


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Fine-Grained Password Policy

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As my first post in my new blog I’m not going to write something myself.
I will just link to another post written by Christoffer Andersson who has created a tool for admin a new function “Fine-Grained Password Policies” introduced in Windows Server 2008.

This tool is still at Beta so if you can please help him out trying the tool, I know I will.

See his post here: http://blogs.chrisse.se/blogs/chrisse/archive/2007/07/14/fine-grain-password-policy-tool-beta-1-is-ready.aspx


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