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Group Policy Tips, Tricks, and News from Darren Mar-Elia

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…

Spiceworld 2015 – Austin, TX!

Hi everyone! I hope you are well and you all had a great summer. I have to admit I’m torn, not quite enough Summer for me (or my kids) but I’m extremely excited to get back into a rhythm and get cranking on some great work this year. We have an amazing year planned at SDM.

I wanted to bring up Spiceworld 2015 in Austin, TX from September 23rd – 25th. (Spiceworld Austin 2015). I’ll be doing a…

Video on Group Policy Preference Password Remediation

Just a quick follow up to my previous post on Group Policy Preference password remediation–our very own Kevin Sullivan posted a great video walkthrough of the problem and our tool for remediating these passwords.

Remediating Group Policy Preference Passwords

Group Policy Preference Password Remediation Utility

A little over two weeks ago, the United State Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) issued a bulletin calling for admins to take action on an old issue that I’ve covered extensively in the past. The issue relates to the fact that there are several areas within Group Policy Preference (GPP) that used to allow you to enter user name and password information into the preference item, to b…

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 ( 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 Auditing & Attestation 2.0 Hits with new AD Group Attestation Feature

Last month we at SDM Software shipped the 2.0 version of our Group Policy Auditing & Attestation product. GPAA is our flagship product for helping you perform real-time compliance auditing, alerting, rollback and attestation of Group Policy Objects (GPOs). The product provides in-depth auditing of GPO changes on everything from new GPO creation to modification of individual GPO settings…

Group Policy Preferences in the Local GPO? Yes!

Viewing the gpt.ini on the local GPO

If you caught the webinar last week that Kevin Sullivan and I presented, you might have caught the “secret tip” I presented at the end of the show (you can catch the whole webinar recording here). In there, I promised to more fully document this tip, so I’m doing that to let everyone experience the fun! What is the tip? Well, as the title of this blog implies, Group Policy Preferences, which is…

Hello World!

Darren posted a very thoughtful item related to my joining SDM software. It was very nice and made me realize I have a lot of expectations to meet! I’m up for the challenge. I’ve known Darren Mar-Elia for about 13 years or so and have come to know him and how he thinks about software and solutions pretty well. He is one that is very committed to solving real problems that people and organizations…

Longtime Expert Microsoft Technologist Kevin Sullivan Joins SDM Software


I’m super excited to announce today that longtime friend, colleague and all around superstar in the Microsoft technology space, Kevin Sullivan, is joining SDM Software today as Vice President of Product Management and Business Development. Kevin was most recently Director of Sales Engineering with the great folks at Specops Software. Before that, Kevin held a variety of positions at…

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