A company called DesktopStandard created a very useful tool, named GPOVault, for managing Group Policy Objects. GPOVault is so useful, in fact, that it's fair to say that most any enterprise using Active Directory should have this tool.
Well, Microsoft acquired DesktopStandard along with the invaluable GPOVault. The app has been renamed Advanced Group Policy Management (AGPM) and added to the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack. In the January issue of TechNet Magazine, Derek Melber delves into the inner workings of AGPM. He discusses how AGPM enables offline editing of Group Policy Objects, change management, workflow of updating policies, delegation, and so on.