November 23, 2010

Where did my gpmc.msc go to in Windows 2008?

Today I had an issue which required me to run group policy management console on a windows 2008 server. Different from Windows 2003 where it has to be installed separately, Windows 2008 comes with this tool, but it is a "feature" that needs to be added.

Symptons
  • running gpmc.msc command in Windows 2008 does not show the group policy management console

2 ways to resolve
  1. Using Server Manager GUI (Server Manager -> Add Features)





  2. Using "elevated" command prompt (right click on command prompt and run as administrator)

    ServerManagercmd -install gpmc



I have noticed that if the command above is copied and pasted into command prompt, it might throw errors. What you need to do is to delete and retype the "-" in command prompt



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