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Resultant Set of Policies (RSoP) is a means of storing and viewing the combined effects of multiple GPOs (Group Policy Objects) on a single user or computer. The resultant settings are stored in the WMI (Windows Management Instrumentation) repository can be viewed using the RSoP snap-in, which shows the resultant policy settings in the same hierarchical format as the GPO editor snap-in.

RSoP has two modes: Logging mode and Planning mode. Logging mode records the actual policy settings that have been applied to a user or computer, whereas Planning mode allows "what-if" scenarios to be run without actually applying GPOs to the target object, e.g. "what would be the RSoP for objects in a certain OU?" or "How would RSoP change by altering the security group filtering or WMI Query filtering"?

The MMC RSOP snap- in is launched by clicking Start, Run and typing rsop.msc, followed by pressing Enter.

Another easy way of gathering Group Policy settings is through a link in Help and Support. Click on the Tools link in Help and Support, followed by Advanced System Information, View Group Policy settings applied.

A progress bar is displayed in similar fashion as the MMC snap-in, but the resulting output is displayed in HTML format within Help and Support. At the bottom of this page there is a link to save the output to an XML file.

Both methods produce Group Policy Results in a easy to read and review format.

Your log book for this topic should contain documentary evidence that you can configure IPSec and secure data transmission by using IPSec policy settings.

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