Group Policy Administrator 6.9.3 Release Notes

May 2019

Group Policy Administrator 6.9.3 includes what’s new, 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 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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What’s New

The following are new in this release of Group Policy Administrator:

Enhanced Check to Verify GPA Server service and COM+ Server Status

This version of GPA uses the Server Availability check to verify and display the COM+ server status and the GPA Server service status. The check is done during a GPA Server service start and GPA export. The check displays the status in the following situations:

  • The COM+ server is not running.

  • The COM+ server is disabled.

  • Password is updated on the GPA Server service, but not at the COM+ server.

  • The COM+ server is running, but GPA Server service is shutdown.

  • Both GPA Server service and COM+ server are shutdown.

Domain Controller Settings are Stored Per-user Basis

Group Policy Administrator stores the domain controller for the console on per-user basis. If multiple users are logged in to the same console, the other users are not impacted when one user switches the domain controllers.

Deleted OUs are Synced between GP Repository and Active Directory

The GPO Link Scope functionality clears the deleted OU and removes its link from GPOs. The Sync with AD option keeps the GP Repository synced after an OU is deleted from the Active Directory.

Block Inheritance Changes are Audited

Group Policy Administrator writes an entry in the GPA Server event log when Block Inheritance status changes at the repository. This functionality improves the administrator’s ability to diagnose GPO inheritance issues and facilitate auditing requirements.

GPA Console Name Displayed in GPO Repository Notifications

In GPO repository notifications, the event log for GPO export to AD now displays the GPA console name under Client, instead of the GPA server. Knowing the GPA console name helps troubleshoot GPO export issues.

Support for Microsoft Windows Server 2019

This version of GPA supports Microsoft Windows Server 2019.

Installing This Version

To install this version, run Setup.exe and install the components, GP Repository, GPA Server and GPA Console.

For more information about how to install or upgrade GPA, see Group Policy Administrator Documentation.

Software Fixes

This service pack includes the following bug fixes:

Connection to the Database Takes Longer Than Expected

Issue: When a large number of GPOs and categories are present in the GPO Repository, the GPO Repository takes a long time to connect to the database. (Bug ENG348627)

Fix: The GPO Repository connects to the database faster even when the repository has a large number of GPOs and categories.

Cannot Open GP Link Editor Security Wizard in an Untrusted Domain

Issue: The console user cannot open the GP Link Editor Security wizard because the Manage GPR Security role does not exist in the current release. (Bug ENG347122)

Fix: A new permission Modify GP Editor Link Security is created to allow console users to open the GP Link Editor Security wizard.

Importing a GPO from Backup Fails with an Error Message if the GPO has Settings

Issue: On any managed domain, importing a GPO from backup fails with an error message: GPO checkout operation failed. Repository server name can not be empty.. The issue occurs when the GPO contains settings. (Bug ENG348127)

Fix: This issue is fixed.

Installer Does Not Delete Folders

Issue: During an uninstallation, the GPOSManagedByGPA share and the C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions\Junction Point folder are not deleted. (Bug ENG345514)

Fix: The installer deletes the folders as expected.

Known Issues

NetIQ Corporation strives to ensure our products provide quality solutions for your enterprise software needs. The following issue is currently being researched. If you need further assistance with any issue, please contact Technical Support.

Merge Utility Disappears on Non-English Operating Systems

Issue: If you use English as your display language in a non-English operating system, the check boxes in the Merge utility is not displayed.

Workaround: Ensure that the display language and the System locale are set to the same language.

GPO search displays incomplete data

Issue: If you specify the custom index path in GPA 6.8.x while upgrading the GPA Server from GPA 6.8.x to GPA 6.9.2, the installer does not detect the custom path and the GPO search is displays incomplete data until the re-index.

Workaround: Copy the index path from the GPA 6.8.x Console domain node and paste the index path in the Index Settings page when upgrading to GPA 6.9.2.

GPA Console Might Crash on Windows 10 French Version

Issue: The GPA Console might crash on a Windows 10 French version, and duplicate nodes are displayed in the Repository when the domain node is refreshed.

Workaround: Reopen the GPA Console.

Custom Role Permissions Tree May Not Display Sometimes

Issue: If you use the New Assignment wizard to create a new role for the first time on a given console machine, the permissions tree may not display in some cases.

Workaround: Use the Custom Role node to create a new role successfully, for a given user and console machine.

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