Controlled GPO Commands

The Controlled tab:

  • Displays a list of Group Policy Objects (GPOs) managed by Advanced Group Policy Management (AGPM).

  • Provides a shortcut menu with commands for managing GPOs and for displaying the history and reports for GPOs.

  • Displays a list of the groups and users who have permission to access a selected GPO.

Right-clicking the Group Policy Objects list on this tab displays a shortcut menu. This menu includes whichever of the following options are applicable.

Control and history

Command Effect

New Controlled GPO

Create a new GPO with change control managed through AGPM and deploy it to the production environment of the domain. If you do not have permission to create a GPO, you are prompted to submit a request. (This option is displayed if no GPO is selected when right-clicking in the Group Policy Objects list.)


Open a window listing all versions of the selected GPO saved within the archive. From the history, you can obtain a report of the settings within a GPO, compare two versions of a GPO, compare a GPO to a template, or roll back to an earlier version of a GPO.


Command Effect


Generate an HTML-based or XML-based report displaying the settings within the selected GPO or display links to the selected GPO(s) from organizational units as of when the GPO(s) was most recently controlled, imported, or checked in.


Generate an HTML-based or XML-based report comparing the settings within two selected GPOs or within the selected GPO and a template.


Command Effect


Open the Group Policy Management Editor window to change the selected GPO.

Check Out

Obtain a copy of the selected GPO from the archive for offline editing and prohibit anyone else from editing the GPO until it is checked back into the archive. Check Out can be overridden by an AGPM Administrator (Full Control).

Check In

Check the edited version of the selected GPO into the archive, so other authorized Editors can make changes or an Approver can deploy the GPO to the production environment of the domain.

Undo Check Out

Return a checked out GPO to the archive without any changes.

Version management

Command Effect

Import from Production

For the selected GPO, copy the version in the production environment of the domain to the archive.

Import from File

Replace the policy settings of the selected, checked-out GPO with those from a GPO backup file.


Move the selected GPO to the Recycle Bin and indicate whether to leave the deployed version (if one exists) in production or to delete the deployed version in addition to the version in the archive. If you do not have permission to delete a GPO, you are prompted to submit a request.


Move the selected GPO that is checked into the archive to the production environment of the domain. This action makes it active on the network and overwrites the previously active version of the GPO if one existed. If you do not have permission to deploy a GPO, you will be prompted to submit a request.

Export to

Save the selected GPO to a backup file so that you can copy it to another domain.


Mark the selected GPO with a descriptive label (such as "Known good") and comment for record keeping. Labels appear in the State column and comments in the Comment column of the History window. They help you identify earlier versions of a GPO so that you can roll back if a problem occurs.


Change the name of the selected GPO. If the GPO has already been deployed, the name will be updated in the production environment of the domain when the GPO is redeployed.

Save as Template

Create a new template based on the settings of the selected GPO.


Command Effect


Update the display of the Group Policy Management Console (GPMC) to incorporate any changes. Some changes are not visible until the display is refreshed.


Display help for AGPM.

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