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Configure the AGPM Server Connection

Applies To: Advanced Group Policy Management 2.0

Advanced Group Policy Management (AGPM) stores all versions of each controlled Group Policy object (GPO) in a central archive, so Group Policy administrators can view and modify GPOs offline without immediately impacting the deployed version of each GPO.

A user account with the AGPM Administrator (Full Control) role, the user account of the Approver who created the GPO used in these procedures, or a user account with the necessary permissions in Advanced Group Policy Management is required to complete these procedures for centrally configuring archive locations for all Group Policy administrators. Review the details in "Additional considerations" in this topic.

Configuring the AGPM Server connection

As an AGPM Administrator (Full Control), you can ensure that all Group Policy administrators connect to the same AGPM Server by centrally configuring the setting. If your environment requires separate AGPM Servers for some or all domains, configure those additional AGPM Servers as exceptions to the default. If you do not centrally configure AGPM Server connections, each Group Policy administrator must manually configure the AGPM Server to be displayed for each domain.

To configure an AGPM Server for all Group Policy administrators

  1. In the Group Policy Management Console tree, edit a GPO that is applied to all Group Policy administrators. (For more information, see Editing a GPO.)

  2. In the Group Policy Object Editor, click User Configuration, Administrative Templates, and Windows Components.

  3. If AGPM is not listed under Windows Components:

    1. Right-click Administrative Templates and click Add/Remove Templates.

    2. Click Add, select agpm.admx or agpm.adm, click Open, and then click Close.

  4. Under Windows Components, double-click AGPM.

  5. In the details pane, double-click AGPM Server (all domains).

  6. In the AGPM Server (all domains) Properties window, select the Enabled check box, and type the fully-qualified computer name and port (for example, server.contoso.com:4600).

  7. Click OK. Unless you want to configure additional AGPM Server connections, close the Group Policy Object Editor and deploy the GPO. (For more information, see Deploy a GPO.) When Group Policy is updated, the AGPM Server connection is configured for all Group Policy administrators.

To configure additional AGPM Servers for all Group Policy administrators

  1. If no AGPM Server connection has been configured, follow the preceding procedure to configure a default AGPM Server for all domains.

  2. To configure separate AGPM Servers for some or all domains (overriding the default AGPM Server), in the Group Policy Management Console tree, edit a GPO that is applied to all Group Policy administrators. (For more information, see Editing a GPO.)

  3. Under User Configuration in the Group Policy Object Editor, double-click Administrative Templates, Windows Components, and then AGPM.

  4. In the details pane, double-click AGPM Server.

  5. In the AGPM Server Properties window, select the Enabled check box, and click Show.

  6. In the Show Contents window:

    1. Click Add.

    2. For Value Name, type the domain name (for example, server1.contoso.com).

    3. For Value, type the AGPM Server name and port to use for this domain (for example, server2.contoso.com:4600), and then click OK. (By default, the AGPM Service listens on port 4600. To use a different port, see Modify the Port on Which the AGPM Service Listens.)

    4. Repeat for each domain not using the default AGPM Server.

  7. Click OK to close the Show Contents and AGPM Server Properties windows.

  8. Close the Group Policy Object Editor. (For more information, see Deploy a GPO.) When Group Policy is updated, the new AGPM Server connections are configured for all Group Policy administrators.

If you have centrally configured the AGPM Server connection, the option to manually it is unavailable for all Group Policy administrators.

To manually configure the AGPM Server to display for your account

  1. In the Group Policy Management Console tree, click Change Control in the forest and domain in which you want to manage GPOs.

  2. In the details pane, click the AGPM Server tab.

  3. Enter the fully-qualified computer name for the AGPM Server that manages the archive used for this domain (for example, server.contoso.com) and the port on which the AGPM Service listens (by default, port 4600).

  4. Click Apply, then click Yes to confirm.

Additional considerations

  • You must be able to edit and deploy a GPO to perform the procedures for centrally configuring AGPM Server connections for all Group Policy administrators. See Editing a GPO and Deploy a GPO for additional detail.

  • The AGPM Server selected determines which GPOs are displayed on the Contents tab and to what location the Domain Delegation tab settings are applied. If not centrally managed through the Administrative Template, each Group Policy administrator must configure this setting to point to the AGPM Server for the domain.

  • Membership in the Group Policy Creator Owners group should be restricted so that it is not used to circumvent the management of access to GPOs by AGPM. (In the Group Policy Management Console, click Group Policy Objects in the forest and domain in which you want to manage GPOs, click Delegation, and then configure the settings to meet the needs of your organization.)

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