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I am looking for a application/program that would ideally have these features:

  • Can be used to temporarily override group policy settings
  • Light weight and easy to install
  • Easy to use
  • When logged in as a standard user, I can use this program, run it as administrator, and have vast options to enable/disable certain group policies that may be in effect. This would be useful for troubleshooting.
  • Cheap
  • Runs on Windows 7

Any ideas?

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Lucky for you I may have a solution for this. ControlUp sounds like what your looking for. I have used it a few times.

The benefits I have noticed are as follows....

  • Makes end user support far more easier
  • ControlUp is very easy to use
  • If you ever ran into a scenario such as e.g. CMD was blocked by group policy, you could easily run as administrator and temporarily override this setting even if this was in place by a domain group policy setting, allowing for making the job easier and simplier. E.g. for support purposes
  • ControlUp has the ability to disable all group policy restrictions that are in place. Of course only temporarily

It also runs on Windows 7. There is also a trial version available (30 days) and gives you the same experience as the Pro and Enterprise version. There is also a free version if you don't want to pay - see the pricing page for more details.. It is limited to 50 concurrent sessions though and is quite restricted in features, but can still do what you want.

There is also a helpful video of it in action.

Hope it helps. :)

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