Specops Gpupdate is a complete solution for system administrators to manage multiple machines by issuing commands from a central console.
The application can be used for remote shutdown and restart operations as well as starting them through the Wake-on-LAN function or search for new updates to install.
Installing the package is not intended for the average user as certain prerequisites need to be fulfilled.
The most important of them is that the user needs to be an enterprise or domain administrator in the root domain. This is essential for the installation of the ADUC (Active Directory Users and Computers) menu extensions.
Additionally, PowerShell component needs to be available on the system. This is not a problem on newer operating systems as they have the tool built-in; but on older ones it needs to be installed.
Nifty but limited functionality
Once installed, the application allows remote management of various tasks on the systems under administration.
It allows refreshing the Group Policy settings, using WSUS (Windows Software Update Service) to check if all machines are equipped with the latest patches or start, shutdown and restart remote computers.
All the functions are available in the Active Directory Users and Computers interface and feedback is automatically received after carrying out a specific task. This way the administrator always knows if errors prevented the action to be completed.
Although administrators need more than this to manage the computers in the system the free version of Specops Gpupdate does not include more flexibility.
System administrators should have no problem working with the application. It makes available a cool set of operations that cuts down the effort necessary for managing multiple machines at the same time.
Feedback is received after performing the selected operation and graphical reports can be received in real-time for clear assessment of the tasks.