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06: What editors are there in PolicyPak Cloud (and when would I need a “Fake DC” to do editing?)

Part 1: Why we recommend a “Fake DC” and joined Windows 10 machine

First, we always recommend that PolicyPak Cloud customers have an “Fake DC” and joined Windows 10 machine via domain join for TESTING PURPOSES.

The idea here is that if you can get your idea working with a Domain Joined Windows 10 PC, it will likely almost always work with PolicyPak Cloud as well, but there are some exceptions.

Therefore, having a very small “two computer” test lab with a DC and joined Windows 10 machine is always advised.

We go into this in our “Getting Started with PolicyPak Cloud videos” … particularly the “What you need to get Started” and “How to create a DC for editing purposes.”

You can go very simple and use VMware Workstation or Hyper-V to create a two computer test and export station.

See details here for setup videos: https://kb.policypak.com/kb/section/195/

Part 2: MMC vs in-cloud editors

Second, we are always making improvements and additions to PolicyPak Cloud with regard to in-cloud editors.

Before we show the current table of what’s possible in PolicyPak Cloud editors, you should know that there will always be more things you can edit with the MMC snap-in editors than you can with PolicyPak Cloud.

For instance, we have PolicyPak Least Privilege Manager editors in both MMC snap-in and also in PolicyPak Cloud. But the advanced features of the PolicyPak Least Privilege Manager editor are only available in the MMC snap in and are not scheduled to be in PolicyPak Cloud editors anytime soon.

Part 3: Known issues

Additionally, we have decided we are definitely not porting over PolicyPak Application Manager editor to PolicyPak Cloud. Most other editors will be ported over, but PolicyPak Application Manager is not going to be ported over; to make those kinds of policies, you will always need an editor station.

Part 4: XML “round trip”

Additionally, you should be able to take any PolicyPak Cloud XML and download it and use it within the MMC snap in.. and… vice versa. Because the MMC editor will always likely be more advanced than the PolicyPak Cloud editors, again, it’s strongly recommended you have an editing machine available to you in case some feature is not available in the in-cloud editor.

Part 5: PolicyPak in-Cloud Editors

Below, you will see a screenshot and a table.

This information is subject to be changed without notice. For an up to date verification of what’s available simply log on to PPC and click “Create and link a new Policy…” and see what policy types are available to create.

Here’s an example. Black text are policy types which are available. Grayed out items are not available yet. Some policy types might be some percent complete, or might never be ported over at all.

Lastly, here is the table of what’s currently in PolicyPak Cloud editors and our own self-assessed ranking of “Percent complete”.
The goal is to put the most important items in the PolicyPak Cloud editor; but knowing you will also possibly need an editing station.

Component

Percent Complete in PolicyPak Cloud

Notes

PolicyPak Application Manager

0%

PolicyPak Application Manager support is NOT expected to be ported over to PolicyPak Cloud.

PolicyPak Admin Templates Manager / Microsoft Admin Templates / ADMX

100%

You can also import your own ADMX files.

PolicyPak Security Settings Manager / Microsoft Group Policy Security Settings

85%

All Security Settings supported EXCEPT: Wired Network, Wireless Network, Network List Manager, IP Security, Advanced Audit Policy, Restricted Groups

PolicyPak File Associations Manager

0%

 

PolicyPak Browser Router

100%

 

PolicyPak Scripts Manager

100%

Full in-cloud PolicyPak Cloud editor

PolicyPak Least Privilege Manager

85%

.EXE, SecureRun, Control Panel

PolicyPak Feature Manager for Windows

0%

 

PolicyPak Java Rules Manager

100%

 

PolicyPak Start Screen & Taskbar Manager

0%

 

PolicyPak Remote Work Delivery Manager

50%

PP Cloud editors are special; but we will let you ADD / Upload on-prem policies, and they will work. But you cannot editor them in PP Cloud. Only ADD/REMOVE on-prem policies.

PolicyPak RDP Link Manager

100%

 

PolicyPak VPN Manager

0%

 

Group Policy Preferences Shortcuts

100%

 

Group Policy Preferences Drive Maps

100%

 

Group Policy Preferences Printers

100%

 

Group Policy Preferences Registry

100%

 

Group Policy Preferences Services

100%

 

Group Policy Preferences Environment Variables

100%

 

Group Policy Preferences Local Users and Groups

100%

 

Group Policy Preferences Scheduled Tasks

100%

 

Group Policy Preferences Environment Variables

100%

 

Group Policy Preferences Services

100%

If a service isn't built-in, you should create the policy with on-prem editor first, then upload to PP Cloud.

Other Group Policy Preferences items

0%

 
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