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02: PolicyPak Cloud: Deploy GPPrefs items over the Internet

Until now, there has been no way to deploy GP / GPPrefs items to computers over the internet. And no way to get them to non-domain machines. PolicyPak enables these scenarios.

PolicyPak Cloud: Deploy GPPrefs items over the Internet

Hi. This is Jeremy Moskowitz, former Group Policy MVP and Founder of PolicyPak Software. In this video, we’re going to learn how to take Group Policy Preferences items like “Shortcuts” and “Power Options” and get it over to my machine over here across the Internet. In fact, he’s not even domain joined.

In other videos, you saw me give some extra gas to the existing Group Policy Preferences items when the computer is on premise, but now I’m going to show you how you can deploy Group Policy Preferences to computers even when they’re not even domain joined.

What we did first is that we took our Group Policy Preferences items and we dragged them to a folder on the desktop. I have a “Power Plan” and a “Shortcuts” item that I already have in a folder. The next thing I’m going to do is I’m going to log on to PolicyPak Cloud. I have already done that here. We’re going to go over to our “XML Data Files” folder, and we’re going to “Upload XML Data File.”

I’m going to “Browse,” and I’ll pick one at a time. I’ll pick “Power Plan,” and I can call this “GPprefs: power options.” It doesn’t matter. I’ll go ahead and click “Add” here. I’ll add the other one as well. I’ll “Browse” for that, and I’ll pick the shortcut icon. So “Shortcut to PolicyPak on every desktop,” and go ahead and click “Add” there as well.

With PolicyPak, you simply use one of our “Built-In Groups” or you can create “Company Groups,” for instance, for each branch office or for each customer you might have. For now, I’m going to simply use “All,” which will affect absolutely everybody. I’m going to “Link XML Data files to Computer Group.” I’m going to click “Find” here find the two guys that I want. Here’s the “GPprefs: power options” and then also the “Shortcut to on All Desktops,” and we’ll click “Add.”

Now let’s go back over to our machine, and let’s take a look. If we go again over to “System,” this computer is not even domain joined. We’re going to go ahead and install the “PolicyPak Cloud Client” so that this computer is going to join your instance of PolicyPak Cloud. It will load the Cloud Client, join PolicyPak and download the directives. Because this computer (and all computers by default) are in the All group, it will simply pick up those two directives and, just like that, will apply the settings.

There’s the icon for PolicyPak. If we go over to the power settings, here you can see “High performance.” If we go to “Change plan settings,” “Put the computer to sleep” in “15 minutes.” Now let’s say this user tries to be naughty and they do things that they shouldn’t do – they throw the icon in trash and so on and so forth – with PolicyPak we have you covered.

Even though the computer can go offline, it’s not even connected to Active Directory, we still will make sure that if the user logs off and logs back on – let me go ahead and show you. if I just “Sign out” and sign back on, the very act of signing back on will put your Group Policy and Group Policy Preferences items back right there right where they should be.

It also will occur automatically naturally in the background when we reconnect and try to connect to PolicyPak Cloud. Even if we can’t connect to PolicyPak Cloud, we’ll maintain the last settings and reinforce those.

There you go. That’s Group Policy Preferences through the Internet to either domain joined or non-domain joined machines using PolicyPak Cloud. So that’s it.

If you want to give PolicyPak Cloud a try, we’re here for you. Just sign up online, and we’ll get you the bits and you can try it on real soon.

Thanks so very much, and we’ll talk to you. Bye-bye.

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  • 27-Jun-2019