The Group Policy Management Console is included in Windows Server 2008; however, you must install it before you can use it. The domain controller promotion process installs GPMC on the server, in addition to adding the domain controller to the domain. Additionally, you can install GPMC on a member server as long as it’s a member of the domain. Let’s look at two ways to install GPMC on Windows Server 2008 (other than through DCPROMO).
Installing GPMC using Server Manager (Windows Server 2008)
The Group Policy Management Console is a Feature in Windows Server 2008. You install Features using Server Manager. Once installed, you can access the feature using Server Manager or you can the specific management console (like gpmc.msc).
- Open Server Manger by click Start and then point to Administrative Tools. Click Server Manager
- Click Features in the console tree. In the Features pane, click Add Features
- Select Group Policy Management from the list of available features in the Add Feature Wizard. Click Install.
- Start using GPMC or close Server Manager.
There’s another way to install GPMC using Server Manager, which usually installs quicker that using the Server Manager user interface. Server Manager includes a command line utility for installing Features and Roles named ServerManagercmd.exe.