Recipe 9.19 Simulating the RSoP

9.19.1 Problem

You want to simulate the RSoP based on OU, site, and security group membership. This is also referred to as Group Policy Modeling.

9.19.2 Solution

This must be run against a Windows Server 2003 domain controller.

9.19.2.1 Using a graphical user interface
  1. Open the GPMC snap-in.

  2. In the left pane, right-click Group Policy Modeling and select Group Policy Modeling Wizard.

  3. Select a domain controller to process the query and click Next.

  4. Under User Information and/or Computer Information, select either the container you want to simulate to contain the user or computer or select a specific user or computer account, and click Next.

  5. Select a site if necessary, and click Next.

  6. If you selected a target user container or user account in step 4, you will be presented with an option to simulate different group membership. Click Next when you are done.

  7. If you selected a target computer container or computer account in step 4, you will be presented with an option to simulate different group membership. Click Next when you are done.

  8. If you selected a target user container or user account in step 4, you will be presented with an option to simulate any additional WMI filters. Click Next when you are done.

  9. If you selected a target computer container or computer account in step 4, you will be presented with an option to simulate any additional WMI filters. Click Next when you are done.

  10. Click Next to start the simulation.

  11. Click Finish.

  12. In the right pane of the GPMC window, the results of the simulation will be displayed.

9.19.3 Discussion

With GPMC, you can simulate the RSoP based on user-defined OU, site, group, and domain membership. This is very powerful because it allows you to create one or more GPOs, simulate it being applied to a user and computer and determine whether any changes are necessary before deployment.

9.19.4 See Also

Recipe 9.20 for viewing the RSoP



Active Directory Cookbook
Active Directory Cookbook, 3rd Edition
ISBN: 0596521103
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2006
Pages: 456

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