NetIQ Group Policy Administrator 6.9.1 Release Notes

March 2018

This service pack improves usability and resolves several previous issues.

Many of these improvements were made in direct response to suggestions from our customers. We thank you for your time and valuable input. We hope you continue to help us ensure that our products meet all your needs. You can post feedback in the NetIQ Group Policy Administrator forum on NetIQ Communities, our online community that also includes product information, blogs, and links to helpful resources.

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1.0 What’s New

This release supports the service account to access the GPR Security Management node.

If the Console is opened using the service account, the GPR Security Management node is displayed. This enables the GPA service account and GPR_REPOSITORY_MANAGEMENT group members to manage GPR Security.

IMPORTANT:We are supporting the ODBC database connection and stopped supporting the OLEDB database connection from this release.

The following OLEDB connection string should be replaced with the ODBC connection string:

"PROVIDER = SQLOLEDB.1;Integrated Security=SSPI;Initial Catalog=GPO_REPOSITORY;Data Source=<SQL Server Instance Name>;Use Procedure for Prepare=1;Auto Translate=True;Packet Size=4096;Workstation ID=<>;Use Encryption for Data=False;Tag with column collation when possible=False"

ODBC connection String:

("DRIVER={ODBC Driver 13 for SQL Server};SERVER="<SQL Server Instance Name>”;Trusted_Connection=Yes;DATABASE=GPO_REPOSITORY;")

2.0 Installing This Version

To install this version, run Setup.exe on each GPA server, GP Repository, and GPA console computer.

For more information about how to install or upgrade GPA, see the user guide on the Group Policy Administrator documentation Web site.

IMPORTANT:GPA now requires the following prerequisite versions:

  • Microsoft Visual C++ 2015 Redistributable Package (x86 and x64)

  • .NET Framework 4.5.2

  • PowerShell 2.0

  • ODBC Driver 13 for SQL Server

The prerequisite checker installs these updated versions if you select that option.

3.0 Addressed Issues

This service pack includes all of the following fixes:

  • Resolved an issue that caused the Group Policy Administrator console to not respond while browsing the Import options in the Offline Mirror wizard. (ENG343570)

  • Resolved an issue that caused the deletion of the AD GPO when the GPO export fails. (ENG344982)

  • Resolved an issue where GPA was unable to connect to the target Domain Controller’s IPC share. (ENG345866)

  • Resolved an issue where the target location of a GPO link does not exist in AD, then GPA fails to delete or edit the GPO link. (ENG346066)

  • Resolved an issue where GPA RSoP displays the path to the node exceeds the maximum value for the path error message. (ENG345836)

  • Resolved an issue where GPA was unable to delete sub-containers or sub-trees under the FULLARMOR container. (ENG345923)

  • Resolved a performance issue with the Offline Mirror wizard. (ENG345833)

  • Resolved an issue to export a GPO to AD by enabling the TLS 1.2 protocol. (ENG343569)

  • Resolved an issue that caused the GPA console to slow down while accessing the WMI filters in the repository. (ENG346542)

  • Resolved an issue with GPO export that caused permission differences between AD objects and the SYSVOL files. (ENG346476)

  • Resolved an issue that caused the Offline Mirror to incorrectly add AD permissions in the repository. (ENG346826)

4.0 Contact Information

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