One of the common task that Group Policy administrators need to do is download and install the Group Policy Management Console (GPMC) on their computer to allow them to make changes to Group Policy. This tool is by default not installed on Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows 7. Below I first go through the Windows 7 and then the Windows Server 2008 R2 install procedureâ€¦
The install is slightly different for Windows 7 as the install file for the GPMC are not actually part of the Windows 7 installation so you first need to download and install the the Remote Server Administrator Tools (RSAT) on your computer.
Step 1. Downloads for either the 32bit or 64 bit of the RSAT for Windows 7 from the link below.
Update: RSAT now supports Windows 7 Service Pack 1â€¦
Step 2. Once you have download the RSAT Microsoft Update Standalone Package (.MSU) for your platform install it by simply double clicking on the file.
Step 3. You will then be prompted to install this update onto your computer
Step 4. Read the licence terms and click â€œI Acceptâ€ (if you accept the terms).
Step 5. Click Close
Now you could follow the rather lame text only instructions for installing the RSAT toolsâ€¦
Or you can follow the nice instructions I have done below with text and IMAGE!!!
Step 1. Open Control Panel and type â€œfeaturesâ€ in the search bar and click on â€œTurn Windows features on or offâ€.
Click 2. Expand â€œRemote Server Administration Toolsâ€
Note: You can see the â€œRemote Server Administration Toolsâ€ in the Feature List after you install the MSU file.
Step 3. Expand â€œFeature Administration Toolsâ€ and tick â€œGroup Policy Management Toolsâ€ and click â€œOKâ€
Step 4. One its finished installing you can now go to the â€œAdministrative Toolsâ€ and you will find the â€œGroup Management Toolsâ€ is now listed.
Alternativelyâ€¦ I find a quicker way to launch the GPMC is to just click start and type â€œgpmc.mscâ€ and press â€œEnterâ€
Windows Server 2008 R2
Thankfully its a LOT easier to install GPMC on Windows Server 2008 (and R2) and the install file for the Remote Server Administrator Tools are already on the drive.
Step 1. Open â€œServer Managerâ€
Step 2. Then click on the â€œActionâ€ menu and then click â€œAdd Featuresâ€
Step 3. Tick â€œGroup Policy Managementâ€ and click â€œNextâ€
Step 4. Click â€œInstallâ€
Step 5. Click â€œCloseâ€
You can now run the Group Policy Management Console from within Server Manager (see below) or launch it as a standalone console the same as with Windows 7.
Happy group policy editingâ€¦