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Group Policy Attestation Explained

Group Policy Attestation Explained

One of the cool features available in our Group Policy Auditing & Attestation (GPAA) product is the ability to perform attestation on Group Policy Objects (GPOs). In the video below, I spend some time discussing what GPO attestation is all about–the ability to assign ownership to GPOs in your environment, so that you can keep track of the responsible party for Group Policy Objects as they…

Delegate Group Policy Update in Windows 8.x

RSOP Logging Permisison in GPMC

When Microsoft shipped Windows 8 & Windows Server 2012, they added a new feature in GPMC, that allows you to perform remote Group Policy Updates on OUs of computers. I covered this feature in my previous roundup of Windows 8.1 Group Policy features. This feature is shown in the figure below:

As I was exploring this feature, I got to wondering how you might delegate the rights to…

Finding Group Policy Differences Between OUs

A frequent scenario that we come across here at SDM Software, are customers looking for help in discovering Group Policy differences between OUs. Namely, they may have a Marketing OU and a Sales OU that have GPOs linked to them, and they’d like to know how those are different (or the same) in terms of the Group Policy settings that are delivered to computers or users. The good news is that our…

Group Policy Preferences Passwords Bite the Dust!

Warning Using GP Preferences Passwords

For those of you following this issue, which I blogged about previously, you’ll know that several areas within Group Policy Preferences allowed for defining of passwords that were stored with the GPO settings storage in SYSVOL. These passwords were stored using an encryption method that was published publically by Microsoft (and had been for several years). In addition, the fact that t…

Using Group Policy & PowerShell to Mitigate Recent Internet Explorer Vulnerability

Configuring Active Scripting in IE using GP Preferences

Over this last weekend, Microsoft published warnings of yet another zero-day “memory corruption” Internet Explorer vulnerability to all versions of the venerable browser . Since there is no current patch for this yet, IT administrators are left to mitigate against it using a variety of less than ideal workarounds, which are documented here. If you scan this article, you will notice that many of…

Ready to Share your Feedback on Group Policy?

Love it or hate it, Group Policy has been a fixture of Windows configuration management for over a decade. As someone who has been intimately involved in both its past and its future, I have had the same mixed relationship with both Group Policy and Microsoft. Here at SDM Software, we make our living by helping you get more from Group Policy. But occasionally we peek up from behind our code and…

Anything New in Group Policy for Windows 8.1 Update One?

New Group Policy settings in Windows 8.1 Update 1

Last week, Microsoft shipped to MSDN subscribers, the bits for the first update to Windows 8.1. Regular users of 8.1 will get the update starting today, through Windows Update. A natural question would be, did Microsoft make any outwardly visible improvements or changes to Group Policy in this new release? The answer is, surprisingly (or not surprisingly :-)) little seems to have changed. A…

Migrating from IE Maintenance Home Page Policy Using PowerShell

Exporting IE Maintenance Home Page Settings

There’s no doubt that Microsoft’s dropping support of IE Maintenance Policy for systems running IE 10 and above has been a blessing and a curse. As I’ve observed, the blog postings I’ve done on this site related to this issue continue to have the highest view counts. Clearly people were caught unawares as a result of this change and are scrambling to manage it. One of the challenges of course,…

The New GPOGUY.COM Portal Coming to SDMSoftware.com

Hi Folks

If you’re a fan of my gpoguy.com web site, which I started many years ago as a resource for all things Group Policy, you’ll be interested in this latest news. In order to provide a single spot where you can get great information on Group Policy, free tools for managing Group Policy and also information related to SDM Software, we are consolidating GPOGUY.COM into the SDM Softwar…

Get Your Group Policy Questions Answered by the “GPOGUY”!

Hi folks-

Just wanted to drop a quick note to let you all know that we (SDM Software) are putting on a Group Policy Q&A Free-for-All on March 12th, at 9am US Pacific Time (UTC-8). If you’ve got Group Policy questions–come to the webinar and I’ll take one at a time, for most of the hour. This is your chance to ask me those burning questions you’ve had about Group Policy and I’ll do my best…

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