Group Policy Settings

In previous releases, you could migrate only Group Policy Preferences (GPP) into Workspace Environment Management (WEM). For more information, see the description of the Migrate wizard in Ribbon. You can now also import Group Policy settings (registry-based settings) into WEM.

After importing the settings, you can have an itemized view of the settings associated with each GPO before you decide which GPO to assign. You can assign the GPO to different AD groups, just like you assign other actions. If you assign GPOs to an individual user directly, the settings do not take effect. A group can contain users and machines. Machine-level settings take effect if the related machine belongs to the group. User-level settings take effect if the current user belongs to the group. You can also assign the GPO to groups containing AD machines. WEM applies machine settings that the GPO contains to machines in the assigned group.

Group Policy settings

Enable Group Policy Settings Processing. Controls whether to enable WEM to process Group Policy settings. If disabled, you cannot configure Group Policy settings, and WEM does not process Group Policy settings even if they are already assigned to users or user groups. By default, this option is disabled.

Group Policy Object list

Displays a list of your existing GPOs. Use Find to filter the list by name or description.

  • Refresh. Refreshes the GPO list.
  • Import. Opens the Import Group Policy Settings wizard, which lets you import Group Policy settings into WEM.
  • Edit. Lets you edit an existing GPO. Currently, WEM supports editing the name and description for each GPO. It does not support editing registry operations associated with each GPO.
  • Delete. Deletes the GPO you select.

On your domain controller, you can perform the following steps to back up your Group Policy settings:

  1. Open the Group Policy Management Console.

  2. In the Group Policy Management window, right-click the GPO you want to back up and then select Back Up.

  3. In the Back Up Group Policy Object window, specify the location where you want to save the backup. Optionally, you can give the backup a description.

  4. Click Back Up to start the backup and then click OK.

  5. Navigate to the backup folder and then compress it into a zip file.


    WEM also supports importing zip files that contain multiple GPO backup folders.

To import your Group Policy settings, complete the following steps:

  1. Use Upload, available in the menu on the WEM service Manage tab, to upload the zip file of your GPOs to the default folder in Citrix Cloud.

  2. Navigate to the Administration Console > Actions > Group Policy Settings tab, select Enable Group Policy Settings Processing, and then click Import to open the import wizard.

  3. On the File to Import page of the import wizard, click Browse and then select the applicable file from the list. You can also type the name of the file and then click Find to locate it.

    • Overwrites GPOs you imported previously. Controls whether to overwrite existing GPOs.
  4. Click Start Import to start the import process.

After importing the settings, you can have an itemized view of the settings associated with each GPO. To do so, select a GPO and then click Edit.

Name. The name of the GPO as it appears in the GPO list.

Description. Lets you specify additional information about the GPO, which appears in the GPO list.

Registry Operations. Displays registry operations that the GPO contains.


To ensure that Group Policy settings can be processed properly, verify that Citrix WEM User Logon Service is enabled on the WEM agents.

Group Policy Settings

In this article