Group Policy Blog

GPO Migrator makes Group Policy Migration a Snap!

This is a follow-up to our previous post from just before the Ignite conference. We are happy to announce that GPO Migrator is now generally available! As I mentioned in the previous post, GPO Migrator finally provides a “drag and drop” way of migrating individual GPO settings (or groups of settings) from one GPO to … Read More.

Migrate Windows Firewall and AppLocker to Desired State Configuration

If you’ve followed this blog for a while, you know that about a year ago, I described a PowerShell script I wrote that migrates Group Policy Administrative Template settings to PowerShell Desired State Configuration Documents. I finally got around to updating this script, with help from our VP of Product Management–Kevin Sullivan. You can find … 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.

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.

Find all Registry Settings Managed in a GPO

Group Policy Objects (GPOs) can contain many different kinds of settings. Much of that data is simple registry data. Finding registry settings in GPOs and handling them is not the simplest of tasks and requires some PowerShell. Microsoft has provided some cmdlets for the management of Group Policy and at SDM Software we have provided … Read More.

Group Policy to Desired State Configuration

Group Policy has been a bit of a comfort for many of us for the past 15 years. It is a technology that is full of promise and capability. It is sufficiently complex, and incredibly powerful. As PowerShell has evolved to embrace configuration with Desired State Configuration we need to keep, update ourselves, and stay … Read More.

Spiceworld 2015 – Austin, TX!

Hi everyone! I hope you are well and you all had a great summer. I have to admit I’m torn, not quite enough Summer for me (or my kids) but I’m extremely excited to get back into a rhythm and get cranking on some great work this year. We have an amazing year planned at … Read More.

Desired State Configuration and Group Policy Come Together!

If any of you were at Microsoft’s Ignite conference last week, and caught the session I participated in around Group Policy, you might have heard me talk about an exciting new piece of technology related to PowerShell Desired State Configuration that we were releasing soon. Well, I’m happy to announce that it’s here! So, what is … Read More.

Deploying Desired State Configuration through Group Policy

For those of you who read my blog, you’ll know that I am a big fan of the Desired State Configuration feature Microsoft introduced in PowerShell v4. For more information, you can see my early walkthrough of DSC and a comparison of Group Policy vs. DSC. And while I think DSC adoption is still pretty … Read More.

Converting Group Policy Settings to Desired State Configuration Documents

If you’ve been following my blog, you know I’ve become a big fan of the new Desired State Configuration feature in Windows Management Framework 4 (i.e. PowerShell 4). It makes configuring Windows Servers a snap and provides a whole new set of configuration flexibility, above and beyond what you can get from Group Policy today. … Read More.