How to Configure Group Policy in Windows Server 2012

Group Policy Configuration on Windows Server 2012

This article explains how to setup and configure Group Policy on Microsoft Windows Server 2012. Free step by step guide for Group Policy configuration on Windows Server 2012 

By default this feature enabled and installed automatically while installing Active directory Role on a server. You cannot remove this Role and cannot install this role individually on Windows 2012 Server.

1. Login to the Test Server

2. Now let’s start with login onto the server as shown below.

Group Policy in Windows Server 2012

3. Give username & password (abc\administrator) & click on ok as shown below.

username & password

4. On the certificate verification window click on Yes button.

certificate verification window

5. The Next windows will show the Server Desktop.

certificate verification window

6. Open Server Manager from the Left down corner of server Desktop as shown below

Server Manager

7. Click on Group Policy Management from Tool Tab given in the Top right corner in Server Manager Dashboard.

Group Policy Management

8. The Group Policy Management window will open of ABC.com domain as shown.

Group Policy Management window

9. Right Click on Group Policy Abject & click on New to create new group policy.

Group Policy Abject & click

10. Give name to the Policy “Software Deployment policy” as shown below & click on ok button.

Software Deployment policy

11. Right click on Software Deployment & click on Edit button as shown

Software Deployment

12. Group Policy Management editor will open , Expand Policy  Software Settings  Software Installation  Right Click & Select New Package

Software Installation

13. Before creating any package go to c drive & create a folder & copy the software installer file in to that folder as shown below

create a folder

13-114. Rename it Software as shown below

Rename it Software as shown below

15. Place software into the directory as shown below

Place software into the directory as shown below


16. Right click on Software & click on properties

Right click on Software & click on properties

17. Click on Sharing Tab & click on Share button as shown below

Sharing Tab & click on Share button

18. Select Everyone from the drop down menu as shown below

Everyone from the drop down

19. Click on Add button as shown below

Cick on Add button as shown below

20. Select Read & Write Rights for all users as shown below

Select Read & Write Rights for all users as shown below

21. Click on Share button to finish the Sharing configuration a shown below

Share button to finish the Sharing configuration

22. Click on Done

Click on Done

23. Then click on Close button

Then click on Close button

24. Come back to Group Policy Management Editor & select the Policy Right Click  New Package

Group Policy Management Editor

25. Select the Software by going to the location C:\ Software, Select the Software & Click on open button as shown below.

location C:\ Software

26. Click on Yes button on the Warning as shown below

button on the Warning

27. Select Assigned & click on Ok button as shown

Select Assigned & click on Ok button as shown

28. You can see Software Deployment Group policy has been configured on windows server 2012.

Software Deployment Group policy

29. Close Group Policy Management editor & come back to Group Policy management Console.

Group Policy Management editor & come back to Group Policy management

30. Right Click on ABC.com & click on Linked in Exiting GPO

Click on ABC.com & click on Linked in Exiting GPO

31. Select Software Deployment & click on ok as shown below

Software Deployment

Now, close the Group policy management Console.

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