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 […]

Group Policy Compliance Manager 1.5 – Getting Started

Getting Started It is great to have this update to Group Policy Compliance Manager. Some great features to provide for management at scale, some nice refinements and fixes. Overall the system is running great and the ability to get up and running is quick and seamless. An updated setup routine walks through the process to […]

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 […]

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 […]

A Peek Inside Registry.pol

Hello everyone! I posted a quick video on polviewer.exe. The tool called ‘Registry.pol Reader’ is a free tool Darren Mar-Elia built to solve a pretty important issue. And because he’s a great guy, there is that! The need for the tool is pretty obvious to those of us who have been managing and troubleshooting Group Policy […]

Searching Group Policy Settings

It seems like a logical thing to be able to do–you have a bunch of GPOs and you want to search for settings across them. In fact, it turns out to be a fair bit of work with native tools. It’s true that Microsoft has provided, for a while now, an Azure-based website that provides the […]

Group Policy Change Auditing and Attestation from SDM Software

A couple of weeks ago at Microsoft’s TechEd North America conference, we (SDM Software) exhibited at the Tech Expo there, showing off both our existing products, like GPO Exporter and GPO Compare, as well as our brand-new offering: Group Policy Auditing and Attestation (GPAA). I’m particularly proud of GPAA, because it brings together three highly […]

Need Help With Your Group Policy Consolidations and Redesigns?

Just a quick note to let folks know that we’ve recently added a new Services offering to our extensive offering of Group Policy Management capabilities. So if you are looking at optimizing, consolidating or migrating your Group Policy environment, or need help with a new Group Policy design, we not only provide the products that […]

Using GPUpdate /Sync to Your Benefit [VIDEO]

In a previous blog posting, I talked about the gpupdate command-line utility for forcing a GP refresh on a local system. I briefly mentioned the /sync parameter, which doesn’t actually do a GP refresh at all, but instead, just marks the next foreground GP refresh (either a machine restart or user logon) cycle as “Synchronous”. […]

Cool listing of PowerShell-based Group Policy Scripts

Just a quick note to share a great site that I stumbled upon today (not sure how I hadn’t seen it sooner). It’s a Microsoft TechNet site up on their Scripting Center, that lists a bunch of user-provided PowerShell scripts for managing Group Policy,  including a very cool script module for creating, modifying and deleting […]