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Group Policy Blog by Darren Mar-Elia (The “GPOGUY”)

New Group Policy Backup & Recovery Product

Late last year, we (SDM Software that is!) announced the GPExpert™ Backup Manager for Group Policy product. Well, the product is now available to trial on our website. The product leverages the GPMC's backup format but also includes some neat features such as...

MVP Status & Community Resources

Well, for those of you out there who are Microsoft MVPs, you know that getting that email announcing that you've been renewed for another year is a good feeling. Since my MVP status expires on the year end, I usually get my notice on January 1st, which is a good way...

Happy New Year!

I just wanted to take this time to wish everyone who is celebrating their new year tonight (or maybe already has celebrated!) a happy new year. 2008 should be a great year! 2007 brought many cool things, including the release of SDM Software's first product...

Some Holiday Reading…

If you were looking for something to do this holiday season with all that spare time, January's issue of TechNet Magazine has no less then 3 articles devoted to Group Policy, including an article I wrote on optimizng Group Policy Performance. Enjoy!Tags:Group Policy,...

Bypassing Group Policy?

A while back, Mark Russinovich (the pre-Microsoft Mark Russinovich!) had blogged about being able to circumvent some Group Policy using a DLL injection method that intercepted calls to the registry keys used by policy. He created a tool at the time called gpdisable...

The Clash of the GPO Links

Someone emailed a question to the GPOGUY GPTalk mailing list today that I thought was worth chatting about. The question pertained to disappearing Group Policy links. Namely, he had a situation where links to GPOs would periodically disappear from Active...

GPExpert Troubleshooting Pak review

Windows IT Pro Magazine has a good review of SDM Software's GPExpert Troubleshooting Pak in the December issue. The reviewer did a pretty good job of covering the product, and while there were a few technical inaccuracies, I think we did pretty well! Check it out at...

SDM Software GPMC cmdlets updated

Well, I suppose I couldn't help myself. I had planned on updating our cmdlets released last week to correct an omission that Richard Siddaway had kindly pointed out, namely that I didn't have a remove-sdmgplink to go along with add-sdmgplink. So I went ahead and...

Significant Group Policy Announcement by MS

Yesterday at TechEd in Barcelona, Microsoft made a slew of announcements. And buried in those announcements was the note about Group Policy Preferences. This is the name Microsoft has given to the DesktopStandard PolicyMaker extensions that they acquired last...

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