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How can I see the result of PolicyPak Cloud inside the Group Policy Editors?

When a computer is joined to a domain, you can check the values on a machine using GPresult /R and GPresult /h.
But this will only show you the items which are coming from on-prem Group Policy and not PolicyPak Cloud.

To see PolicyPak Cloud results on a PolicyPak cloud joined machine, use the PolicyPak Cloud Reporting.

You can also see the policies on the machine by running PPCLOUD /SYNC and seeing the itemized list, like what is in the two screenshots below.
That being said, if you deploy Security Settings, then some of those settings will come thru and be seen in the local Group Policy Editor, like what’s seen here.

Even this is not guaranteed for all the settings within Security; this is a rare example.

And, in no cases can you see Group Policy Admin Templates appear in the local GPEDIT.MSC or RSOP.MSC Group Policy editor or results reporting.

This also holds true for PolicyPak-specific settings, like PolicyPak Browser Router or PolicyPak Least Privilege Manager. Even if you have the Admin Console on a machine getting PolicyPak Cloud policies, you won’t see the “results” here.

And, additionally Microsoft’s tool RSOP.MSC which would normally show you data in a domain-joined environment cannot show you anything with regards to PolicyPak Cloud data.

To verify if the setting actually made to the end-point via PolicyPak Cloud, here are a few tips.

First, all "proper" ADMX settings are delivered to one of the following locations in the registry:

- For Computer policy settings:
–HKLM\Software\Policies (The preferred location)
–HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies
 

•For user policy settings:
–HKCU\Software\Policies (The preferred location)
–HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies

**Note: Some ADMX settings may not be here, because they are delivered to unusual locations. But most of what Microsoft delivers goes here.

An additional technique would be to locate the setting you're after in the Microsoft GP Settings Spreadsheet Reference.

This link could change from time to time, but the latest is here.

Here's an end to end example of how to check and perform this verification:

Start off with a policy in PolicyPak Cloud Admin Template item, like "Prohibit access to Control Panel and PC settings" like this:

If you want to verify the value, you would use the GP Spreadhseet and find the same policy like this.

Finally, on the endpoint, use Regedit to verify the final value is or is not present. This means PolicyPak did the work you expect.

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