Group Policy

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 about DSC that it was the most excited I’d been about a Microsoft systems management innovation…

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.

Group Policy Design Webinar this Wednesday!

Don’t forget to register for our upcoming Group Policy design webinar this Wednesday, January 30th, at 9am Pacific Time (GMT-8). Details at the link below, but here is a quick synopsis:


Optimizing Group Policy Design and Performance with SDM Software
In this Webinar, Group Policy MVP Derek Melber and MVP and CTO & Founder of SDM Software, Darren Mar-Elia will provid…

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,…

Configuring Event Logs with Group Policy

I was trolling around GP Editor in Windows 8 and found a set of Administrative Template settings that I had not seen before. Interestingly, those setting did indeed exist in Windows 7 (and probably Vista) so it was just me missing them. Prior to those OS releases, if you want to configure Windows Event Logs for things like maximum log size or retention behavior, you traditionally did that from…

Doing Remote GP Updates Against OUs Using PowerShell in Windows 8

A couple of weeks ago I wrote this post on the MSDN site, reviewing some of the new Group Policy features in Windows 8/Server 2012. One of those features was a new PowerShell cmdlet in the Group Policy PowerShell module called invoke-gpupdate. This cmdlet, as the name implies, allows you to do a GPUpdate against remote target machines. This cmdlet is similar to another new feature in…

The Group Policy Client Service in Windows 8

I saw a thread on the Microsoft TechNet forums yesterday that prompted me to write a quick post about this behavior change for the Group Policy client service in Windows 8.  In order to live in a world of new Windows 8 devices that use less power or may be on all the time (e.g. Microsoft Surface or similar tablets) Windows 8 in general has been optimized to use less resources, especially when…

What’s New in Group Policy in Server 2012

Hi Folks. Just a quick note to let you know that I just posted a little article on the Microsoft MSDN blog site with a review of the big changes for Group Policy in Windows Server 2012 (and Windows 8). Hopefully it provides some useful insight into what is coming for GP in this new Windows…

GPMC PowerShell Cmdlets Updated!

Thanks to a thread on our GPOGUY.COM GPTalk Mailing list, I decided it was time to crack open our GPMC PowerShell module and make a couple of updates. The most significant of these is two new cmdlets:



As the name implies, these two cmdlets let you retrieve and set the owner id (AD user or group) on a GPO. This is not something that is exposed in either t…

Join Group Policy MVP Darren Mar-Elia for Weekly Webinars on the GPO Reporting Pak

Here at SDM Software, we’re all about Group Policy, and enabling our customers to get more out of this great technology. To that end, we’re starting a weekly webinar series where you can listen to me talk about and demo our GPO Reporting Pak products–composed of GPO Compare and GPO Exporter– and talk about all the interesting Group Policy reporting, consolidation and optimization scenarios that…

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