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Configuration Through Group Policy

As of version 3.1 uberAgent can optionally be configured through Group Policy. This article describes how to do that.

Preparation

In order to have the uberAgent settings show up in Group Policy Management Editor you need to add uberAgent's Group Policy template (ADMX and ADML files) to your PolicyDefinitions directory. If you are using a Central Store for Group Policy administrative template files then the location of the PolicyDefinitions directory is:

  • \\FQDN\SYSVOL\FQDN\policies\PolicyDefinitions

If you are not using a Central Store administrative templates reside on the machines that are used to manage Group Policy in:

  • %Systemroot%\PolicyDefinitions

In any case, copy all files from this location in uberAgent's download package to your PolicyDefinitions directory:

  • uberAgent components\Group Policy\Administrative template (ADMX)

That directory should contain at least:

  • uberAgent.admx
  • en\uberAgent.adml

Configuration

Once the administrative template files are in the correct location choose a Group Policy Object (GPO) you want to configure uberAgent's settings in. uberAgent's configuration settings are located in:

Computer Configuration > Policies > Administrative Templates > uberAgent

Settings Import

The easiest way to get a working configuration is to import the settings from the GPO backup included in the uberAgent download package.

To import the default configuration follow these steps:

  • In Group Policy Management Console (GPMC) navigate to the node Group Policy Objects (import is not available on a GPO link)
  • Right-click the GPO you want to import the settings into
  • Select Import Settings...
  • When asked for the Backup location from which settings will be imported select the directory uberAgent components\Group Policy\GPO backup from uberAgent's download package
  • Complete the Import Settings wizard

  • Open the GPO you imported the settings into in Group Policy Management Editor
  • Navigate to Computer Configuration > Policies > Administrative Templates > uberAgent > Receivers > Receiver 01.
  • Adjust the setting Servers (required) according to your requirements

Manual Configuration

As an alternative to importing the default configuration (as described above) you can configure uberAgent's settings from scratch. Here are some things to recommendations:

  • Enable on-demand metrics: On-demand metricsOn-demand metrics
  • Configure and enable a receiver: Receivers > Receiver 01
  • Configure and enable at least one timer: Timers > Timer 01
  • Do not forget to enable the setting Configuration through Group Policy

Troubleshooting

Verify in the registry that the machines running uberAgent have received the correct Group Policy settings. uberAgent's settings are stored in:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\vast limits

Verify that uberAgent is processing the settings correctly:

  • Restart the uberAgent service
  • Open the log file
  • Right after the service start uberAgent logs in detail how it processes its configuration and what source (Group Policy, config file) is being used
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