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Group Policy Management

Group Policy vs. Desired State Configuration vs. …

If you haven’t read my most recent post on Desired State Configuration (DSC)–the new feature coming with the Windows Management Framework v4 (i.e. PowerShell v4, which will ship in the box in Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012-R2)  then I encourage you to check it out. Ever since DSC became public, there’s been a lot of buzz about it being the “killer feature” in the next version of Windows…

WARNING: Installing IE 10 on your Windows 7 Workstation Removes IE Maintenance Policy from Group Policy

Thanks to fellow Group Policy MVP  Alan Burchill for warning about this–apparently if you install Internet Explorer 10 on your Windows 7 workstation, and you also happen to manage Group Policy from that machine, the IE 10 installation removes the option to edit IE Maintenance policy from that machine completely. I even confirmed that the MMC snap-in for managing IE Maintenance policy, called…

Cool listing of PowerShell-based Group Policy Scripts

Just a quick note to share a great site that I stumbled upon today (not sure how I hadn’t seen it sooner). It’s a Microsoft TechNet site up on their Scripting Center, that lists a bunch of user-provided PowerShell scripts for managing Group Policy,  including a very cool script module for creating, modifying and deleting WMI filters–something that you couldn’t do before without a lot of work.

A Couple of Good Windows 8 Issues Around Group Policy

In recent days, I’ve become aware of a couple of interesting “features” around Group Policy in Windows 8. Both were reported by other users and I confirmed their behavior on my own. The first issue, which I would categorize as a bug, is the following.

As you probably know, in the version of GPMC that ships with Windows 8/2012, there were some improvements made to the RSoP (Group Policy…

New Whitepaper on Group Policy Slow Boot/Slow Logon Reports

As I mentioned in a previous post, our new version of GPO Exporter 2.0 includes a set of free reports that help to identify GPOs and GPO designs that can impact desktop boot and logon performance. I also mentioned that we would be creating a whitepaper that explains how you can use these reports and what they mean. Well, I’m happy to say that that whitepaper is now available for download on our…

GPO Exporter 2.0 Released!

GPO Exporter 2.0 Slow Boot/Slow Logon Reports

Today I’m happy to announce that SDM Software has released our 2.0 version of GPO Exporter! I’m really excited about this release because I think it represents a new milestone in an organization’s ability to get insight and add manageability to Group Policy as a configuration management tool for Windows. As I had blogged previously, there’s a bunch of cool stuff we’ve included in this new…

Happy New Year from SDM Software!

Well, I don’t know about anyone else, but I am hard pressed to understand how another year has come and gone. Here at SDM, we have been non-stop busy delivering awesome new Group Policy Management Tools to you, our customers. 2012 marked another banner year for us, where we substantially increased both our customer base and revenues over the previous year, including several new high-prof…

Configuring Event Logs with Group Policy

I was trolling around GP Editor in Windows 8 and found a set of Administrative Template settings that I had not seen before. Interestingly, those setting did indeed exist in Windows 7 (and probably Vista) so it was just me missing them. Prior to those OS releases, if you want to configure Windows Event Logs for things like maximum log size or retention behavior, you traditionally did that from…

The Group Policy Client Service in Windows 8

I saw a thread on the Microsoft TechNet forums yesterday that prompted me to write a quick post about this behavior change for the Group Policy client service in Windows 8.  In order to live in a world of new Windows 8 devices that use less power or may be on all the time (e.g. Microsoft Surface or similar tablets) Windows 8 in general has been optimized to use less resources, especially when…

Windows RT and Group Policy — Or Not

As you’ve probably heard, Microsoft new Windows RT (ARM-based) platform will be shipping soon (Microsoft’s own Surface will be the first incarnation of this), along with Windows 8 itself. And while I think Windows 8 will be a good touch platform (don’t ask me about it as a desktop/laptop OS), RT is sort of another thing entirely. Because its ARM-based, it won’t run your regular Windows apps, but…

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