Choose an IPAM Provisioning Method


Applies To: Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2012

Checklist: Deploy IPAM Server > Install IPAM Server > Choose an IPAM Provisioning Method

Provisioning is the process of enabling required permissions, files shares, and access settings on managed servers so that the IPAM server can communicate with them. You can choose either the manual or Group Policy Based method.

Both the manual provisioning method and the Group Policy based method require that the same settings be applied to managed servers. However, the Group Policy Based method is preferred due to its ease of use and consistency. When you choose the Group Policy based method, no settings are applied to managed servers unless you specifically assign a status of “managed” to the server. Settings are also removed more easily when you use the Group Policy based method. For more information, see Getting Started with IPAM.


The choice of a provisioning method is permanent for the current installation of IPAM Server. To change the provisioning method, you must uninstall and reinstall IPAM Server. This procedure assumes that you have already connected to the IPAM server that you will provision using the IPAM client console. To connect to a different IPAM server, click Connect to IPAM server on the IPAM Overview page.

If you have installed IPAM Server without IPAM Client, you must perform the procedures in Checklist: Deploy IPAM Client before you can connect to the IPAM server and choose a provisioning method. IPAM Client is installed by default when you install IPAM Server, but these features can be installed on separate computers.

Membership in the Administrators group, or equivalent, is the minimum required to complete this procedure. Review details about using the appropriate accounts and group memberships at Local and Domain Default Groups (

Choosing a provisioning method

Use the following procedure to choose an IPAM provisioning method.

To choose an IPAM provisioning method

  1. On the IPAM Overview page, click Provision the IPAM server. The Provision IPAM wizard will open.

  2. Click Next and then on the Select provisioning method page, choose either the Manual or Group Policy Based radio button.


    If the IPAM server is running Windows Server 2012 R2 or later, the Provision IPAM wizard will display an additional page where you can specify the location and type of IPAM database. If you will use Microsoft SQL Server with IPAM, see Configure the SQL Database for IPAM and Specify the IPAM Database. If you will use Windows Internal Database (WID) with IPAM, see Specify the IPAM Database for more information, or just select WID and click Next.

  3. If the Group Policy Based method was chosen, type a GPO prefix next to GPO name prefix. The GPO prefix that you provide should allow you to identify GPOs that are created in the domain to be applicable to the current IPAM server. Write down the GPO prefix that you choose to reference later when creating IPAM provisioning GPOs. If the manual provisioning method is chosen, proceed to the next step.

  4. Click Next, and then on the Summary page review the settings that will be applied below Confirm the Settings. If the Group Policy Based method was chosen, the unique GPO names that must be created in domains managed by the current IPAM server are displayed.

  5. Click Apply, verify that IPAM provisioning completed successfully is displayed, and then click Close.

See Also

Configure Server Discovery