Group Policy Blog

Welcome Walt Ramick

SDM Software is extremely excited to have Walt Ramick join our team leading both our tactical and strategic sales efforts. Walt has been involved with organizations selling enterprise software and services for over a decade and brings a wealth of knowledge around the sales process and is excited to help SDM meet and exceed expectations. From Walt – … Read More.

Windows Nano Server–The “Group Policy-less Future?”

It’s been about a year since Microsoft first announced plans to deliver Nano Server–a new SKU of Windows Server that is essentially a highly stripped down version of the OS, optimized for cloud/data center environments and container/micro-service workloads. What does that mean? It means that in the future world of cloud-based Windows server, applications will increasingly … Read More.

Group Policy Security Compliance with PowerShell

Last year we shipped the Group Policy Compliance Manager (GPCM) product–our enterprise compliance reporting solution for Group Policy. Today we are releasing a new PowerShell module to go along with GPCM. This module allows for some cool capabilities for searching, reporting on and analyzing the data that GPCM collects. GPCM gathers Group Policy processing health and settings data … Read More.

GP Automation – Folder Options/Open With

OK, so this is not a ‘new’ story but it is an interesting one. Since the first script kitties were writing viruses that did nefarious things we had ways to ensure we could limit their impact. Redirecting .vbs to notepad was super common. I saw a tweet today from one of the PS-OGs (PowerShell Original … Read More.

DevOps and the Cross Platform Windows Group Policy SDK

Group Policy’s Cross Platform History It was the early 2000s. I was at Quest Software–serving as CTO for the Windows management business. A lot of my job in those days involved looking at technologies to acquire. Even at that time, I had been a Group Policy geek for a few years, with some large enterprise deployments … Read More.

Group Policy Automation and Dell Authentication Services

As you may have heard last week, or seen in our newsletter, or read graffiti’d all over the New York subway system, our Group Policy Automation Engine (GPAE) has added support to help organizations manage their Unix systems with Group Policy! OK, maybe that is a stretch, but it was in our newsletter! We are … Read More.

PowerShell and DevOps Summit Global Summit 2016 – my week at a glance

What a great week! I have been wanting to attend this summit for years and it just never got on my short priority list. This year was different and to be honest, it took DSC and DevOps to get me there. I love PowerShell, have been a fan for a very long time. Since my … Read More.

Darren’s 9 Group Policy Principles

Darren Mar-Elia and I spent some time this week with a group of consultants and service providers. These folks come from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences. Our goal was to talk about Group Policy, some best practices, and share some of our experiences of a combined almost 50 years of working with Group … Read More.

Auditing Security Access Changes on Critical Windows Servers

Here’s the scenario: You’ve got some Windows servers that contain critical customer data–it might be customer records,  or PCI (Payment Card Industry) data, or just a critical system on your network. You rightly use Group Policy Restricted Groups policy or similar, to control access to those servers. That Group Policy controls which users or groups … Read More.

GPO Reporting Pak – Find-DupGPSettings

Following a bit of a theme here. I did some exploring on scenarios related to using the GPO Reporting Pak PowerShell cmdlets to automate some GP troubleshooting. This video talks about searching through the output of your report inside the PowerShell pipeline. This allows you to let your imagination go and come up with some … Read More.