Group Policy Blog

Darren’s 9 Group Policy Principles

Darren Mar-Elia and I spent some time this week with a group of consultants and service providers. These folks come from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences. Our goal was to talk about Group Policy, some best practices, and share some of our experiences of a combined almost 50 years of working with Group […]

Desired State Configuration in Windows 8.1 and Group Policy

On Monday, here at TechEd North America, Microsoft took the wraps off of some new technology that will be shipping when Windows 8.1 is released later this year. I had had a preview of this technology a few weeks ago and was happy to see it finally made public. At the time I told the people presenting […]

WARNING: Installing IE 10 on your Windows 7 Workstation Removes IE Maintenance Policy from Group Policy

Thanks to fellow Group Policy MVP  Alan Burchill for warning about this–apparently if you install Internet Explorer 10 on your Windows 7 workstation, and you also happen to manage Group Policy from that machine, the IE 10 installation removes the option to edit IE Maintenance policy from that machine completely. I even confirmed that the MMC […]

My TechNet Radio Interview on Group Policy in Server 2012 (and more!)

Just a quick note to let folks know that the interview I gave with TechNet Radio about the changes for Group Policy in Server 2012/Windows 8 is up now at: In the interview, I talk to Microsoft Director Karen Forster about all manner of Group Policy related topics, including what’s new in Server 2012, […]

The Many Faces of Windows Configuration Management

I was reading Paul Thurrott’s most recent column on the Windows IT Pro Magazine website today. The column ostensibly talked about naming of features and products in Windows 8, but at the bottom, was this interesting tidbit, “Blurring the lines in a way that’s almost diabolical, Microsoft recently announced that it’s introducing yet another form […]

Backing up and restoring the Local GPO

Some of you may have seen a twitter post I did a while back letting folks know about the Security Compliance Manager, which is a tool from Microsoft that lets you manage, edit, report, search and export security templates and baselines. This tool is pretty cool, but it also has a hidden gem in it. […]

AGPM Planning Guide released

Just a quick note for those of you using or thinking about using Microsoft Advanced Group Policy Management (AGPM) product for Group Policy Change Control. MS has just released a planning guide for AGPM here: AGPM is another by-product of Microsoft’s acquisition of DesktopStandard (formerly known as GPO Vault) and is available as part of […]

Opportunity for providing Microsoft feedback on Server Management

Hey Folks. The Group Policy Team at Microsoft is looking for feedback on managing Windows Servers. They’ve put a survey up online. If you want to get your feedback and experiences heard, and incorporated into future products, this is an ideal opportunity to do it! The survey is up until July 15th so get in there! […]