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Global Goverlan Configuration via a GPO

The Goverlan Reach solution includes a Group Policy Object administrative template that can be used to configure Goverlan across your infrastructure. Using this GPO Template you will be able to:

  • Define configuration settings of the Goverlan Reach operator console and client agent (e.g.: Database settings, communication port, etc.)
  • Restrict the features accessible to the Goverlan Reach operators.
  • Define the behavior of Goverlan on the client machine side (e.g.: Acceptance prompt for a remote desktop access session.)
  • Customize the text and images of the user interface on the client side.
NOTE:

The recommended method to globally configure Goverlan is via the Global Policy Services of the Goverlan Reach Server. The Goverlan GPO is an alternative in case a Goverlan Reach Server cannot be implemented or in addition to a Goverlan Reach Server in the event this one is unavailable.

Installing the Goverlan GPO Template

Both an ADMX and ADM GPO templates can be found under the installation directory of the Goverlan Reach Console, for instance:

C:\Program Files\Goverlan Reach Console 9\GPO Templates\

Use the ADMX format for Active Directory based on Windows Server 2008 and later, and the ADM format for prior Active Directory.

ADMX/ADML Installation

Note: If you already have a Group Policy infrastructure, skip step 1.

  1. Create the central store folder in the SYSVOL directory on a Domain Controller.
    For instance: \\corp.contoso.com\policies\PolicyDefinitions\ 
    where “corp.contoso.com” is the FQDN of you organizations domain
  2. Copy the Goverlan_GPO_Admin_Template.admx file to \\corp.contoso.com\policies\PolicyDefinitions\
  3. Copy the Goverlan_GPO_Admin_Template.adml file to \\corp.contoso.com\policies\PolicyDefinitions\en-us\

ADM Installation

  1. Copy the GoverLAN_Group_Policy_Admin_Template.adm to any location on the Domain Controller
  2. Open the Group Policy Management Console on your domain controller.
  3. Create a new policy or edit an existing one
  4. Browse to  Computer Configuration → Policies → Administrative Templates
  5. Right click Administrative Templates and select Add/Remove Templates…
  6. Search for the GoverLAN_Group_Policy_Admin_Template.adm and import it.

Please refer to the Microsoft documentation for further instruction on adding GPO templates to your Active Directory.

Configuring the Goverlan Group Policies

Once the Goverlan GPO templates are imported, open the Group Policy Management Console, create a new policy for the desired scope and configure the Goverlan policies using the following path:

Computer Configuration > Policies > Administrative Templates > Goverlan Global Polices

The Goverlan Global Policies are divided into the following sub-sections:

Goverlan Client Agents Settings  Configuration items of the Goverlan Client Agents such as communication port, update policy.
Goverlan Common Settings  Configuration items shared by the Goverlan management console and the Goverlan Remote Control. For instance, database configuration.
Goverlan Features Restrictions Restriction policies for the primary Goverlan Reach features and options on the operator and client sides.
Goverlan Management Console Settings Miscellaneous configuration items of the Goverlan Reach console.
Remote Control Client Settings  Policies used to define the behavior during a remote desktop access session. For instance the behavior of the user acceptance prompt.
User Interface Customization Customization of the text and images display by the Goverlan user interface on the client user side.

Once you have configured the Group Policy settings, you will need to wait for those to be distributed onto your machines before you can see the text modifications. To test your settings on a client machine, open a command prompt on this one and execute a GPUPDATE.exe command.

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