by   April 20 2011   
Acronis Small Business Server 2003 and 2008 Setting up group policy object. Setting up Group Policy for your Windows 2003 or 2008 SBS. Part of our ongoing education for business owners is learning how important it is for them to have good backup systems.

Setting up your Group Policy.

Setting up the Group Policy object
Use this procedure to set up a Group Policy object (GPO) for agent deployment in the entire domain or in its organizational unit. The agent will be installed on each machine which is a member of the domain or the organizational unit immediately after Windows starts on that machine.

Prerequisites
You must be logged on to the domain controller as a domain administrator; if the domain has more than one domain controller, log on to any of them as a domain administrator.
If you are planning to deploy the agent in an organizational unit, make sure that the organizational unit exists in the domain.
Make sure that you have completed the steps described in Preparing the agent's deployment.
Step 1: Creating a Group Policy object

In the Start menu, point to Administrative Tools, and then click Active Directory Users and Computers (in Windows Server 2003) or Group Policy Management (in Windows Server 2008).
In Windows Server 2003:
Right-click the name of the domain or organizational unit, and then click Properties. In the dialog box, click the Group Policy tab, and then click New.
In Windows Server 2008:

Right-click the name of the domain or organizational unit, and then click Create a GPO in this domain, and Link it here.
Type the name of the new Group Policy object—for example: Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 Agent
In Windows Server 2003:
Click Edit.
In Windows Server 2008:

Under Group Policy Objects, right-click the Group Policy object that you created, and then click Edit.
The Group Policy object editor snap-in will open.

Step 2: Configuring the Group Policy object

In the Group Policy Object Editor snap-in, expand Computer Configuration, and then expand Software Settings.
Right-click Software installation, then point to New, and then click Package.
Select the agent's installation package in the shared folder that you previously created, and then click Open.
In the Deploy Software dialog box, click Advanced, and then click OK.
If you are reinstalling or updating the agent, do nothing.
If you are installing the agent, do the following: on the Modifications tab, click Add, and then select the transform that you previously created; the transform file has the name AcronisAgentWindows.mst and is located in the same folder as the agent's installation package.

Click OK to close the Deploy Software dialog box.
If you are installing Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 Deduplication and/or Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 Universal Restore, do the following for the appropriate installation package:
Right-click Software installation, then point to New, and then click Package.
Select the installation package in the shared folder and then click Open.
In the Deploy Software dialog box, click Assigned and then click OK.

Acronis Small Business Server 2003 and 2008 Setting up group policy object. Setting up Group Policy for your Windows 2003 or 2008 SBS. Part of our ongoing education for business owners is learning how important it is for them to have good backup systems.