What is the utility to automatically create the category structure in the Repository to look like an (NETIQKB23659)

  • 7723659
  • 02-Feb-2007
  • 08-Apr-2008

Resolution

goal
What is the utility to automatically create the category structure in the Repository to look like an Active Directory OU structure?

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NetIQ Group Policy Administrator 3.0

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NetIQ Group Policy Administrator 4.0

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NetIQ Group Policy Administrator 4.5

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GPA 4.5 now includes a utility to automatically create the category structure in the Repository to model an Active Directory structure and to also import all the GPO automatically.   

GPA provides a script that creates an offline mirror of all the GPOs from a specified domain. Importing all GPOs using the offline mirror script can speed the process of importing GPOs, especially in a production environment.

 

Depending on the number of GPOs and the complexity of your domain structure, importing all your GPOs can take some time. If it is more convenient, you can run the script during low demand times using the Windows Scheduler.

 

When you run the offline mirror script, GPA automatically creates a category folder using the domain name. GPA also creates category folders for each OU within the domain in which to place GPOs. Then, GPA imports all the GPOs into corresponding category folders in the GPA repository.

 

To import all the GPOs from a selected domain into the GP Repository:

 

  1. Open a command window.
  2. Navigate to the \bin folder under the product installation path. If you used the default installation path, navigate to c:\Program Files\NetIQ\Group Policy Administrator 4.5\bin.
  3. Start the RunOfflineMirror script, supplying the following command line parameters:
    • Variable Name                            Replace With
      sDomainName                                Fully-Qualified domain name of the evaluation domain, such as computername.domainname.local
      sServer            .
                                    The default value . (period), indicates the local SQL server
  4. The import process may take some time for domains with a large number of OUs and GPOs. The script displays a status report in the command window as it runs, similar to the following example:
    • NetIQ GPA Offline Mirror
      (c) 2004 NetIQ Corporation.
      Starting the AD mapping operation.
      *
      ********************************
      Processing DC=GPATestDomain
      Linking GPO: {AB94D4DF-2D3E-44A2-8505-A073AF431D3D}
      GPO is not in the repository. Importing it to DC=GPATestDomain
      Linking GPO: {D3435C39-3854-4C81-A0C1-B393A0850294}
      GPO is not in the repository. Importing it to DC=GPATestDomain
      Linking GPO: {31B2F340-016D-11D2-945F-00C04FB984F9}
      GPO is not in the repository. Importing it to DC=GPATestDomain
      *********************************
      Processing OU=Domain Controllers
      Linking GPO: {6AC1786C-016F-11D2-945F-00C04fB984F9}
      GPO is not in the repository. Importing it to OU=Domain Controllers
      *********************************
      Processing OU=Test01
      No GPOs associated with this OU.
      *********************************
      Processing OU=Test02
      No GPOs associated with this OU.
      **************************
      Done processing the OUs.
  5. When the script has completed, in the left pane of the GPA Console, expand GP Repository > Repository Server and select the evaluation domain.
  6. On the Action menu, click Refresh.
  7. Expand the domain category folder to view the imported GPO categories and GPOs.

In addition to the category containers it imports, GPA displays an additional category in the evaluation domain named All. This category lists all GPOs in the GPA repository. You can view reports about these GPOs but you cannot modify or delete GPOs in the All category folder. 

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Additional Information

Formerly known as NETIQKB23659

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