Using the SCWCMD utility to check Group Policy on a Windows Server 2003 network

Site expert Jonathan Hassell explains how you can check to see if policy has been successfully applied using the SCW command-line tool.

If we have about 200 systems connected to a Windows 2003 network and policy is applied to all systems, how can we check whether all the systems are under policy (i.e., the policy has been successfully applied)?
You can use the SCWCMD utility to do this. See my tip for more information on using this command-line tool.

EDITOR'S NOTE: For more information, register for Jonathan Hassell's webcast New security enhancements in Windows Server 2003 SP1, or view the following checklists in the series:

  • Quick setup for the Security Configuration Wizard
  • Deploy Windows Server 2003 SP1 with Remote Installation Services (RIS)
  • How to use the Security Configuration Wizard command-line tool
  • This was first published in July 2005

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