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Group Policy Management

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 in front of the curve. Thursday 12/10/2015, we will rerun a webinar that covers…

Helping with a SQL CE challenge using Here-Strings

While working through a challenge I stumbled through a few interesting items that are worth jotting down. I’ve used both of these constructs before but I had to re-search for some assistance. This created the realization that I need the answers closer at hand, so why not put something up on the SDM Blog.
The Challenge
One of the customers of SDM Software’s Group Policy Compliance Manager (GPCM)…

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 for many years. If you are new to Group Policy you are likely awar…

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 you must take a look. Understanding these Events and their…

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 (http://scituated.blogspot.com) that walks through GP Comments and how to manage them.

It points back to SDM Software for deeper solutions with Group Policy Compliance Manager and Group Policy Auditing and Attestation but the walk through if focused on…

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 of buzz about it being the “killer feature” in the next version of Windows…

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 snap-in for managing IE Maintenance policy, called…

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 WMI filters–something that you couldn’t do before without a lot of work.

A Couple of Good Windows 8 Issues Around Group Policy

In recent days, I’ve become aware of a couple of interesting “features” around Group Policy in Windows 8. Both were reported by other users and I confirmed their behavior on my own. The first issue, which I would categorize as a bug, is the following.

As you probably know, in the version of GPMC that ships with Windows 8/2012, there were some improvements made to the RSoP (Group Policy…

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 what they mean. Well, I’m happy to say that that whitepaper is now available for download on our…

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