Group Policy Blog

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Detecting Group Policy Changes and Drift Using SDM Software’s Reporting Pak

In this video, SDM Software (www.sdmsoftware.com) CTO & Founder Darren Mar-Elia shows how you can use the GPO Reporting Pak–composed of GPO Compare and Exporter, to detect changes within a

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”. […]

Detecting Group Policy Settings Drift Using GPO Exporter [VIDEO]

This week we’ll be releasing an minor update to our GPO Exporter product. One of the cool things that we’re adding to this release is the ability to generate GPO settings snapshots using PowerShell. The GUI version of the product already includes the ability to export settings and save them off to snapshots that can […]

Automating Group Policy Preferences Drive Mapping with PowerShell [VIDEO]

One of the cool things I like about our Group Policy Automation Engine product is the scenarios that it’s open up by providing what is essentially an automation portal into GPOs. One of those key scenarios is the ability to automate additions and changes to Group Policy Preferences Drive Mappings, which is used by organizations […]

GPO Compare 2.5 (New) Demo | Group Policy Management [Video]

Today we released an updated version of our widely used GPO Compare product. The 2.5 release brings some cool new features and improvements over 2.0, including: Ability to now compare up to 4 GPOs or GPO backups, for comparing GPOs or backups against a baseline GPO Support for comparing GPO Exporter Snapshots, to quickly and […]

GPO Exporter Demonstration [Video]

In this video, Darren Mar-Elia, SDM Software’s CTO and Founder, demonstrates the SDM Software GPO Exporter product, a tool that quickly and easily document your Group Policy Environment.

GPO Compare Demonstration

In this video, Darren Mar-Elia, SDM Software’s CTO and Founder, demonstrates the SDM Software GPO Compare product, a tool for being able to perform actions such as comparing group policy objects across your Windows enterprise network and creating reports about GPOs. GPO Compare greatly improves the manageability of group policy.