Group Policy Blog

ADMX Files for Windows 10 Build 1703 “Creators Update” Now Available

Now that the Windows 10 “Creators Update” is available, Microsoft has made the ADMX files for this new Windows 10 release available for download. As I mentioned in my last blog post, you can no longer guarantee that new ADMX files are backward compatible with the previous versions. So, how do you try out these … Read More.

Managing ADMX Files in a Windows 10 World

Microsoft has recently put out several articles explaining some of the nuances of ADMX files in the new world of Windows-as-a-Service–where new Windows builds come out frequently and often ship with new versions of ADMX templates. I’ve blogged previously about the role of ADMX–how is essentially builds the UI that you see under Administrative Templates policy within … Read More.

SDM Software and Semperis Partner to Provide World-Class AD & Group Policy Solutions

Hey Folks- Today I’m happy to announce that we’re partnering with Semperis–a leader in providing Active Directory recovery solutions–to help bring customers more complete solutions around AD & GP management. I’m particularly excited about this partnership because it means a lot of cool opportunities for our customers to learn more about AD and GP, the … Read More.

Group Policy as Malware Delivery System

While the title to this post may sound a bit scary or ominous, the subject of this post is definitely real. A fellow IT guy whom I’ve known for many years, alerted me to a situation he came across in an IT shop he was helping. Namely, the customer’s computers got infected with a ransomware virus, which … Read More.

Making Sense of Group Policy SYSVOL Mismatch Errors

When I was working on the update for our Group Policy Health Reporter freeware tool recently, I noticed a very annoying “feature” that Microsoft seemed to introduce into Group Policy on Windows 7 and 2008-R2 systems. I’m pretty sure it started when they released the infamous MS16-072 patch that I blogged extensively about last year. Namely, any health … Read More.

Answering the Boss’s Question–“Can You Prove to Me That Critical Security Setting is on Every Machine?”

With RSA Conference going on this week here in San Francisco, I thought it was timely to talk about Group Policy’s role in securing your Windows environment. Many of you are undoubtedly using Group Policy to deliver security settings, based on industry-standard benchmarks from organizations like CIS or government standards like DISA-STIG. And through that process, how … Read More.

Getting Started with Group Policy Automation Engine

PowerShell has increased in popularity quite a bit over the past few years. I recall my initial reaction to Jeffrey Snover’s ‘Monad Manifesto‘ that was published back in 2002 or so. It was quite revolutionary. Over the years it has been exciting to see it take form. The learning curve elicits different emotions in different … Read More.

Registry Policy Viewer 1.5

Darren took the time to prove to us that even the greatest tools can be improved! Thank you for that. The Registry Policy Viewer that GPOGuy introduced years ago has continued to be a favorite. A few new features have been added and some really interesting usability updates will make this great tool even better. … Read More.

Updated Group Policy Health Reporter

Happy New Year Everyone! I hope everyone made it safely through the holidays. To start off 2017, we’ve been working to update some of our existing freeware tools. The first beneficiary of that work is our Group Policy Health Reporter utility, now at version 1.9 (see screenshot):             This new … Read More.

Group Policy Compliance Manager 1.5 – Getting Started

Getting Started It is great to have this update to Group Policy Compliance Manager. Some great features to provide for management at scale, some nice refinements and fixes. Overall the system is running great and the ability to get up and running is quick and seamless. An updated setup routine walks through the process to … Read More.