I have an xp workstation joined to a domain and I want to see what group policies are being applied to which users/workstation. Is the best tool to do this GPMC? Is it as easy as installing it and it will automatically resolve the GP's in the domain - or is it a bit more detailed than that?
Another worry is my domain account is just domain user - will this limit what I can see in GPMC or just what I can do in GPMC?
GPMC is the only one MS GUI tool for that. By default domain user has read permission. so you will see everything. You won't be able to change/modify anything.
Other useful tools for GPOs are:
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