Network Administration: Group Policy Management Enablement

Before you can work with group policy on a Windows Server 2008, you must enable group policy on the server. The procedure is simple enough and needs to be done only once for each server. Here are the steps:

  1. Choose Start→Administrative Tools→Server Manager.

  2. Click Features in the console tree.

  3. Click Add Features.

    Be patient — it takes a few minutes for the list of features to populate. Eventually, the following dialog box appears.

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  4. Select the Group Policy Management check box and then click Next.

  5. When the confirmation page appears, click Install.

    Be patient again — it may take a few minutes to install.

  6. Click Close — you’re done!

After you’ve completed this procedure, a new command titled Group Policy Management appears on the Start→Administrative Tools menu. You use this command to create and link Group Policy objects.