Group Policy Blog

Analyze GPO Impact – Part 1

One of the many scenarios 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Azure AD Domain Services

Darren Mar-Elia was kind enough to take some time to walk through and share his thoughts on the Azure AD Domain Services. Microsoft recently released a preview and Darren jumped right in there picking it apart and helping us make sense out of the new capabilities. Take a look and hear his insight into expectations […]

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 […]

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 […]

Group Policy Comment

Do you place ‘comments’ on your GPOs? Did you ever wonder how to manage these, or how they may be useful. I put up a quick post on my blog ( that walks through GP Comments and how to manage them. It points back to SDM Software for deeper solutions with Group Policy Compliance Manager […]

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. […]

Consolidating & Cleaning Up Group Policy — Best Practices

A fair bit of what we do here at SDM Software is helping folks get a handle on their Group Policy environments. Using products such as our GPO Reporting Pak, we’ve had lots of customers clean up and reduce the clutter (not to mention improve desktop performance) of their Windows desktop environments. We also do […]

Group Policy vs. Desired State Configuration vs. …

If you haven’t read my most recent post on Desired State Configuration (DSC)–the new feature coming with the Windows Management Framework v4 (i.e. PowerShell v4, which will ship in the box in Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012-R2)  then I encourage you to check it out. Ever since DSC became public, there’s been a lot […]