Netwrix Change Notifier for Group Policy
A freeware tool for auditing Group Policy changes
"Group Policy change control and auditing is critical for organizations relying on Group Policy infrastructure. Netwrix makes this process very simple for companies of all sizes by enabling convenient reporting of Group Policy to document all policy changes, for free."

Darren Mar-Elia,

Group Policy MVP, CTO and Founder of SDM Software

How long does it take you to identify changes made to Group Policy objects?
Netwrix Change Notifier for Group Policy is freeware that tracks Group Policy changes, including changes made GPO links and policies, as well as software deployment changes. Each day, it emails you a report that lists all modifications made during the past 24 hours and includes the before and after values.
See what changed
Shows which Group Policy objects were added, modified or removed, along with the before and after values for changed items.
Automate auditing
Optimizes reporting on Group Policy changes by automatically delivering daily summary reports by email.
Increase efficiency
Saves the hours of work needed to manually comb through tons of log data by reporting on Group Policy changes in human-readable format.
Save your IT budget
Eliminates the cost of Group Policy auditing; it will never expire and is available whenever you need it.
Unify auditing of Active Directory, Group Policy and Exchange
Reports on AD, GP and Exchange Server changes within one program, obviating the need to install multiple standalone tools.
Keep tabs on changes from Spiceworks
Netwrix Change Notifier widget enables you to view Group Policy, AD, and Exchange changes on Spiceworks and to apply filters to get the exact information you need.
Investigating Group Policy security incidents via native tools requires manually crawling though logs and writing PowerShell scripts. Moreover, built-in auditing tools tell you only that a Group Policy was changed; there is no indication of what exactly was modified, and the details that are provided are cryptic. Netwrix Change Notifier for Group Policy helps you identify the root cause of a security incident faster and more easily by collecting data from other sources and automatically emailing you a straightforward summary report each day.
Even a relatively small change in Group Policy can weaken your organization’s security. Knowing this, attackers often target Group Policy objects as a way of gaining access to your IT systems. Netwrix Change Notifier for Group Policy enhances IT security by tracking all GPO modifications, additions and deletions and sending you daily reports that enable you to quickly respond to any unauthorized or suspicious changes.

Awareness versus Complete Visibility

Netwrix Change Notifier for Group Policy keeps you aware of changes to Group Policy objects, but it does not provide the full context of each change. For more advanced auditing of Group Policy changes, unified with Active Directory auditing, try Netwrix Auditor for Active Directory. It delivers complete visibility into all changes and includes advanced features such as state-in-time reports that compare past and current configurations, and long-term archiving of audit data. To evaluate Netwrix Auditor for Active Directory, download a free 20-day trial of the fully functional solution.
Change Notifier Netwrix Auditor
Feature Change Notifier Netwrix Auditor
Reporting on what Group Policy objects were added, deleted or modified
Before and after values for all modifications
Automatic daily email reports showing changes made during the last day
Who, when and where details for all changes
Predefined reports based on SQL Server Reporting Services, with filtering, sorting and export options
State-in-time reports on Group Policy configurations
Google-like search of audit data
Out-of-the-box compliance reports mapped to specific regulatory standards (PCI DSS, HIPAA, SOX, FISMA/NIST800-53 and ISO/IEC 27001)
Long-term storage of audit data
Email subscriptions to scheduled Group Policy audit reports with the ability to choose reports, recipients and reporting frequency
Optional lightweight, non-intrusive mode of data collection used for traffic compression
Single installation that handles multiple domains, each with its own unique settings
Integrated interface for all Netwrix applications, which provides centralized configuration and settings management
Advanced cross-system audit reporting

Netwrix Auditor for Active Directory:

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"Group Policy doesn't include any built-in workflow features that assist with alerting administrators when things change. But now, Netwrix has introduced freeware for auditing Group Policy."

Greg Shields,

Directory Services MVP

System Requirements

Netwrix Change Notifier for Group Policy is a software solution with simple installation steps and minimal system requirements.
  • Intel or AMD 32 bit, 2 GHz
  • 512 MB of RAM*
  • 50 MB of free disk space for product installation
  • Additional space is required for the Audit Archive; the amount depends on the number of AD objects and the number of changes per day.

* This is a rough estimate. The actual memory required will depend on the average number of changes per day in your monitored environment.

Operating System:
  • Windows 7 or higher
Other required components:
  • .NET Framework 3.5
  • Windows Installer 3.1 or above
  • Group Policy Management Console
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Netwrix Change Notifier for Group Policy