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Use Resultant Set of Policy to Manage Group Policy



This topic describes how Resultant Set of Policy (RSoP) is used by Group Policy Management Console (GPMC) and describes the procedures to use.

Resultant Set of Policy (RSoP) is an addition to Group Policy to assist in policy implementation and troubleshooting. RSoP is a query engine that polls existing policies and planned policies, and then reports the results of those queries. It polls existing policies based on site, domain, domain controller, and organizational unit. RSoP gathers this information from the Common Information Management Object Model (CIMOM) database (otherwise known as CIM-compliant object repository) through Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI).

RSoP provides details about all policy settings that are configured by an Administrator, including Administrative Templates, Folder Redirection, Internet Explorer Maintenance, Security Settings, Scripts, and Group Policy Software Installation.

When policies are applied on multiple levels (for example, site, domain, domain controller, and organizational unit), the results can conflict. RSoP can help you determine a set of applied policies and their precedence (the order in which policies are applied).

Group Policy Resultant Set of Policy (RSoP) reports Group Policy settings that are applied to a user or computer. Group Policy Results in Group Policy Management Console (GPMC) requests RSoP data from a target computer and presents this in a report in HTML format. Group Policy Modeling requests the same type of information, but the data reported is from a service that simulates RSoP for a combination of computer and user. Finally, the RSoP Microsoft Management Console (MMC) provides an alternative way to display this information, although Group Policy Results is generally the preferred method.

  1. In the Group Policy Management Console (GPMC) console tree, double-click the forest in which you want to create a Group Policy Results query, right-click Group Policy Results, and then click Group Policy Results Wizard.

  2. In the Group Policy Results Wizard, click Next and enter the appropriate information.

  3. After you complete the wizard, click Finish.

  4. If you want to print or save the report, right-click the settings report in the details pane and do one of the following:

    • Select Print to print the report.

    • Select Save Report to save the report.

  • To access Group Policy Results data for a user or computer, you must have Read Group Policy Results Data permission on the domain or organizational unit that contains the user or computer, or you must be a member of a local administrator's group on the targeted computer.

  • If you run Group Policy Results on a computer that does not support Group Policy Preferences and you select a destination computer that does support Group Policy Preferences, the Group Policy Preferences settings of the destination computer will not appear in the report results.

  • To customize the information displayed in a report, click Show or Hide to display only the data you want to view or print.

  • Within the GPMC, you cannot use the keyboard to navigate inside an HTML report. To browse inside the HTML report, save the report to a file and then use Internet Explorer to view the report.

  • If you open a previously saved console and want to save a Group Policy Modeling or Group Policy Results report in XML, rerun the report by using the Rerun Query option.

  1. Open the RSoP snap-in (rsop.msc).

  2. Click Generate RSOP data on the Action menu.

  3. Click Next, click Logging Mode, and then click Next.

  4. Click either This Computer or Another Computer, and then type the computer name.

  5. Click Select a specific user, and then click the blank space that is below the listed users. This has the same effect as clicking Do not display user policy settings in the results.

  6. Click Next, and then click Next. Note that only computer-specific settings are displayed.

You can use a Group Policy management feature that allows you to simulate a policy deployment that would be applied to users and computers before actually applying the policies. This feature, known as Resultant Set of Policy (RSoP) – Planning Mode, is integrated into GPMC as Group Policy Modeling.

  1. Open the Group Policy Management Console (GPMC). In the console tree, double-click the forest in which you want to create a Group Policy Modeling query, right-click Group Policy Modeling, and then click Group Policy Modeling Wizard.

  2. In the Group Policy Modeling Wizard, click Next, and then type the appropriate information.

  3. When you are finished, click Finish.

  4. If you want to print or save the report, right-click the settings report in the details pane and do one of the following:

    • Select Print to print the report.

    • Select Save Report to save the report.

  • To create a Group Policy Modeling query, you must have the Perform Group Policy Modeling Analyses permission on the domain or organizational unit that contains the objects on which you want to run the query.

  • If you run Group Policy Modeling in an environment that supports Group Policy Preferences, the following requirements must be met for the Group Policy Preferences settings to appear in the report results:

  • To customize the information displayed in a report, click Show or Hide to display only the data that you want to view or print.

  • Within the GPMC, you cannot use the keyboard to navigate inside an HTML report. To browse inside the HTML report, save the report to a file and then use Internet Explorer to view the report.

  • If you open a previously saved console and want to save a Group Policy Modeling or Group Policy Results report in XML, rerun the report by using the Rerun Query option.

  • To view a saved report in a Web browser, you must use Internet Explorer® 6 or later.

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