Auditing Group Policy Settings

by Mitch Tulloch [Published on 28 June 2005 / Last Updated on 28 June 2005]

How to use the GPMC for auditing purposes.

In today's regulatory enviornment, business need to be able to audit their security settings. The Group Policy Management Console (GPMC) of Windows Server 2003 lets you create HTML reports of settings in each GPO by right-clicking on a GPO and selecting Save Report. You can then print these reports and use them for compliance reasons.

Note however that the GPMC does not report on a few policy settings, particularly some Internet Explorer settings. See the release notes for the GPMC for more info about these omissions and note that you'll probably have to audit these omitted policy settings manually.

The Author — Mitch Tulloch

Mitch Tulloch is a widely recognized expert on Windows administration, networking, and security. He has been repeatedly awarded Most Valuable Professional (MVP) status by Microsoft for his outstanding contributions in supporting users who deploy and use Microsoft platforms, products and solutions. Mitch has published over two hundred articles on different IT websites and magazines, and he has written or contributed to almost two dozen books and is lead author for the Windows 7 Resource Kit from Microsoft Press. For more information, see .

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