Group Policy Blog

Understanding Group Policy Caching in Windows 8.1

The other day I tweeted about an article posted on the Microsoft TechNet site, that gave a brief overview of the new Group Policy features coming in Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012, R2. One of the items mentioned in the article, albeit briefly, was a new “Group Policy Caching” feature. I wanted to spend some time talking … Read More.

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 … Read More.

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 … Read More.

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: Title Optimizing Group Policy Design and Performance with SDM Software Description In this Webinar, Group Policy MVP Derek Melber and MVP and CTO & … Read More.

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, … Read More.

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 … Read More.

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 … Read More.

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 … Read More.

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 … Read More.

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: Get-SDMGPOOwner Set-SDMGPOOwner As the name implies, these two cmdlets let you retrieve and set the owner id (AD … Read More.