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GPO Reporting Pak – Find-DupGPSettings

Following a bit of a theme here. I did some exploring on scenarios related to using the GPO Reporting Pak PowerShell cmdlets to automate some GP troubleshooting.

This video talks about searching through the output of your report inside the PowerShell pipeline. This allows you to let your imagination go and come up with some very interesting ways to solve GP related configuration issues…

Find all Registry Settings Managed in a GPO

Group Policy Objects (GPOs) can contain many different kinds of settings. Much of that data is simple registry data. Finding registry settings in GPOs and handling them is not the simplest of tasks and requires some PowerShell. Microsoft has provided some cmdlets for the management of Group Policy and at SDM Software we have provided quite a bit more to enable additional scenarios that cannot b…

Move-Printer – creating the advanced function

Why a PowerShell Advanced Function
This is a bit of a stream of conscious follow-up to a previous post related to managing Deployed Printers with the Group Policy Automation Engine. I decided today, while working with someone, that porting this to an Advanced Function was the right direction. I’m not done here, but wanted to quickly share the experience. Taking the time to think more broadly…

Group Policy Automation Engine – Deployed Printers

The SDM Group Policy Automation Engine provides a PowerShell interface for getting and setting configuration in Group Policy Objects (GPOs). We utilize a single cmdlet called Get-SDMGPObject. This single cmdlet provides all the secret sauce that makes the magic happen. With that said, this cmdlet has some complexities. These are easy to get around– it just takes practice. In the end you can do…

The [wmisearcher] Type Accelerator

Happy New Year everyone! 2016 is going to completely ROCK! I love the feeling of optimism with all new beginnings, and the beginning of the year always has me take time to think about what was great about the previous year and what is going to be great about the next! I’m thinking WMI may be a recurring topic this year!

Strictly work perspective here, but I think much of the technology I w…

It’s 2016– And the future of Group Policy Is …?

For my first post of the new year, I thought I’d go big and talk about some existential questions facing Windows configuration management. First, whither Group Policy? Second, how do we think about all this here at SDM Software–as we consider ourselves more than just a “Group Policy solutions company”?

With the provocative title to this blog posting, I’m wading into an occasional and…

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…

What’s New in Group Policy in Windows 10?

ADMX files that call other CSEs

With each new version of Windows, I try to write up something to summarize what’s new in Group Policy from the last version. As those of you who follow me know, I’ve noted that the list of “What’s Changed” in Group Policy has grown shorter and shorter with each subsequent release. Windows 10 is no exception to this trend. You won’t find any big new pieces of functionality in this release. What…

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 sense at the beginning but when the demo script grew I felt the names needed to change. Having references to these variables…

Administrative Template files for Office 2016 Now Available

Just wanted to drop a quick note to let folks know that Microsoft has made the ADMX files for Office 2016 available for download!

As always when you get a new set of ADMX files, you can deploy them for use by either copying them up to your PolicyDefinitions folder within the Central Store (i.e. on SYSVOL on your DCs), or, if you are not using the Central Store, into…

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