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When we talk about control version systems (CVS), the first thing comes to mind is, of course, program code. In the modern world, one cannot be a decent software developer if they do not use Git or TFS or Mercurial or Subversion etc. But this does not mean only developers benefit from the concept of CVS: Adobe provides designers with its own solutions to manage file versions.
What about us, IT administrators? Given the growing popularity of the infrastructure-as-a-code concept, many IT administrators have already adopted some kind of CVS to store scripts and configurations files.
Today I want to talk about version control for group policies. You probably know that group policies are not exactly text files, therefore, traditional CVSes are not the best choice here. That’s why Microsoft came up with its own solution, which allows us to track changes, compare GPO versions and quickly restore the previous ones: Advanced Group Policy Management (AGPM).
Interesting, that it is not just a CVS, but is also a tool to delegate group policies administration with built-in approval management mechanism.
But even if you work in a small team and do not need GPO management delegation, I still encourage you to use AGPM as a version control system.
AGPM is a part of Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack, which is a free software set available to Microsoft Software Assurance subscribers. Here’s the official documentation where you can learn more about the product.
AGPM is NOT a substitute for a proper Active Directory backup.
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