Group Policy Blog

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 […]

Analyze GPO Impact – Part 1

One of the many┬áscenarios that organizations contend with is impact analysis. For SDM Software this is about configuration and most importantly security configuration. For example, what happens if you go into Active Directory Users and Computers and move Server1 from its home in OU1 to a new home in OU5? Do you know? Does it […]

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 […]

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 […]

Troubleshooting GP Processing tip

Troubleshooting is a bit of an art form. It requires creativity but that creativity needs to be expressed inside certain parameters. Those parameters depend on what is being troubleshot. (Is that really a word?) There is a TechNet article that has been around for quite a while called Troubleshooting Group Policy Using Event Logs and […]

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 […]

Getting Control of Group Policy with SDM Software and GPO Exporter

Folks- I’ve been wanting to record a video for a while now, where I talk about some specific examples of how our GPO Exporter product can really help customers get a handle on their Group Policy environments. In this new video I talk about the challenges administrators face with respect to Group Policy, and then […]

Vote for GPO Reporting Pak for Windows IT Pro’s Community Choice Awards!

All- Just a quick note to encourage you to vote for our GPO Reporting Pak— which combines the GPO Compare and GPO Exporter products–in the category of “Best Active Directory/Group Policy product” for Windows IT Pro Magazine’s Community Choice Awards. If you’ve downloaded one or both of these products, or you’ve purchased them, you know […]

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 […]

GPO Exporter 2.0 Released!

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, […]