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Install the GPMC

Updated: November 30, 2012

Applies To: Windows 8, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012

The Group Policy Management Console (GPMC) is included with Windows Server® 2008 and later. However, this feature is not installed with the operating system. Use Server Manager to install the GPMC.

Install the GPMC using the user interface

Install the GPMC using Windows PowerShell

Install the GPMC using the command line

Install the GPMC using the user interface

To install the GPMC using the Server Manager user interface

  1. Do one of the following to open Server Manager .

    • In Windows Server® 2012, on the Start screen, click the Server Manager tile.

    • In Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2008, click Start and then point to Administrative Tools . Click Server Manager .

  2. Do one of the following to add the GPMC feature.

    • In Windows Server® 2012, in the Quick Start display, click Add roles and features . Follow the Add roles and features wizard to add the Group Policy Management feature. Click Install .

    • In Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2008, in the console tree, click Features . In the Features pane, click Add Features .

      In the Add Feature Wizard dialog box, select Group Policy Management Console from the list of available features. Click Install .

  3. Close Server Manager when the installation completes.

Install the GPMC using Windows PowerShell

You can install the GPMC feature using Windows PowerShell on Windows Server 2012 or Windows Server 2008 R2.

To install the GPMC using Windows PowerShell

  1. Do one of the following to open a Windows PowerShell session with elevated user rights.

    • On the Windows desktop, right-click Windows PowerShell on the taskbar, and then click Run as Administrator.

    • On the Windows Start screen, right-click the tile for Windows PowerShell, and then on the app bar, click Run as Administrator .

  2. In the Windows PowerShell session, do one of the following.

    1. In Windows Server 2012, type the following, and then press Enter to install the GPMC.

      Install-WindowsFeature –Name GPMC
      
    2. In Windows Server 2008 R2, type the following, and then press Enter to install the GPMC.

      Add-WindowsFeature –Name GPMC
      
  3. Verify the output displays the Success result as True .

Install the GPMC using the command line

To install the GPMC using the command line in Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows Server 2008

  1. Open a command prompt as an administrator.

  2. In the command prompt type ServerManagerCmd -install gpmc .

  3. Close the command prompt when the installation completes.

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