Ordinarily, Editors should check in Group Policy objects (GPOs) that they have edited when their modifications are complete. (For details, see Edit a GPO Offline.) However, if the Editor is unavailable, an Approver can also check in a GPO.

A user account with the Editor, Approver, or AGPM Administrator (Full Control) role or necessary permissions in Advanced Group Policy Management is required to complete this procedure. Review the details in "Additional considerations" in this topic.

To check in a GPO that has been checked out by an Editor
  1. In the Group Policy Management Console tree, click Change Control in the forest and domain in which you want to manage GPOs.

  2. On the Contents tab in the details pane, click the Controlled tab to display the controlled GPOs.

    • To discard any changes made by the Editor, right-click the GPO, click Undo Check Out, and then click Yes to confirm.

    • To retain changes made by the Editor, right-click the GPO and then click Check In.

  3. Type a comment to be displayed in the audit trail of the GPO, and then click OK.

  4. When the Progress window indicates that overall progress is complete, click Close. On the Controlled tab, the state of the GPO is identified as Checked In.

Additional considerations

  • By default, you must be an Editor, an Approver, or an AGPM Administrator (Full Control) to perform this procedure. Specifically, you must have List Contents and either Edit Settings or Deploy GPO permissions for the GPO. If you are not an Approver or AGPM Administrator (or other Group Policy administrator with Deploy GPO permission), you must be the Editor who has checked out the GPO.

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