A company called DesktopStandard created a very useful tool, named GPOVault, for managing Group Policy Objects. GPOVault is so useful, in fact, that it's fair to say that most any enterprise using Active Directory should have this tool.
Well, Microsoft acquired DesktopStandard along with the invaluable GPOVault. The app has been renamed Advanced Group Policy Management (AGPM) and added to the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack. In the January issue of TechNet Magazine, Derek Melber delves into the inner workings of AGPM. He discusses how AGPM enables offline editing of Group Policy Objects, change management, workflow of updating policies, delegation, and so on.
And for more information on Group Policy, check out more coverage from our January issue, including Inside ADM and ADMX Templates for Group Policy and Optimizing Group Policy Performance.
<P>Currenlty, I have the AGPM server on one of my 32-bit Windows 2003 servers. </P>
<P>I am installing a number of 64-bit Windows 2008 servers with the idea that over the next 12 months all servers in the global environment will be replaced by 64-bit Windows 2008 ... but I don't appear to have a 64-bit version of AGPM - or even a Windows 2008 version.</P>
<P>I cannot find any reference to Windows 2008 and AGPM server - either 32-bit or 64-bit</P>
<P>Does anyone know if there is such an animal ... ???</P>
<P>I would like to find out if it is possible to uninstall software through Group Policy that was installed using a GP startup script and a batch file? The install was successful, now I would like to test an uninstall before deployment. Thanks in advance for any input. SGB</P>