Group Policy Blog

Getting Started with Group Policy Automation Engine

PowerShell has increased in popularity quite a bit over the past few years. I recall my initial reaction to Jeffrey Snover’s ‘Monad Manifesto‘ that was published back in 2002 or so. It was quite revolutionary. Over the years it has been exciting to see it take form. The learning curve elicits different emotions in different … Read More.

Fun with the Group Policy Automation Engine and Out-GridView

Fans of PowerShell We are all fans right? We have been for a while. PowerShell is one of those things that the more you learn, the more you explore, the more you play, the more you appreciate what it has to offer. Some very simple things can prove to be very exciting. Out-GridView for example. … Read More.

Analyze GPO Impact – Part II – Export-SDMGPSettings

Part II of our GPO Impact Analysis. For the purpose of this post the primary capability of Export-SDMGPSettings is to grab a ‘snapshot’ of all of the settings managed in a set of GPOs. Export-SDMGPSettings is one of the core cmdlets that make up the PowerShell part of the GPO Reporting Pak (GPRP). The syntax … Read More.

Find and Delete All Empty GPOs – GP Reporting Pak

Find and Delete All Empty GPOs The SDM Software GPO Reporting Pak is full of nifty features and is simple to use. There are many common scenarios that organizations require. The PowerShell components of the product are sometimes overlooked. From discussions with people who are using the product there are common reasons for this. New … 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.

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.

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.

Move-Printer – creating the advanced function

Why a PowerShell Advanced Function This is a bit of a stream of conscious follow-up to a previous post related to managing Deployed Printers with the Group Policy Automation Engine. I decided today, while working with someone, that porting this to an Advanced Function was the right direction. I’m not done here, but wanted to quickly … Read More.

Group Policy Automation Engine – Deployed Printers

The SDM Group Policy Automation Engine provides a PowerShell interface for getting and setting configuration in Group Policy Objects (GPOs). We utilize a single cmdlet called Get-SDMGPObject. This single cmdlet provides all the secret sauce that makes the magic happen. With that said, this cmdlet has some complexities. These are easy to get around– it … Read More.

PowerShell ISE Tip

Just a quick tip. I found this a bit too cool not to share. I was working in the PowerShell ISE building up a demo script for our Group Policy Automation Engine. If you are not familiar with it you should be! Anyway, as I built it up I used some variable names that made … Read More.