SDM Software’s collection of freeware Group Policy-related products, including tools, utilities, and scriptlets.
Note: These freeware tools are provided as-is with no warranty or support. You can join the GPTalk Group Policy Forum to ask questions of other users
Group Policy Preference Password Remediation Utility
This utility is designed to allow you to discover vulnerable “cpassword” entries in GP Preferences settings across your AD domain. Once discovered, you can use the utility to optionally remediate those cpassword entries (remove them from the GPO). The utility creates GPO backups of any GPOs you plan to remediate, prior to remediation.
Desired State Configuration (DSC) Client Side Extension for Group Policy
This is a Group Policy Client Side Extension (CSE) DLL and corresponding MMC snap-in that allows you to add a DSC Management Object Format(MOF) file and DSC Resources to a GPO. They can then be targeted and delivered using standard Group Policy methods and applied to Windows Servers or Workstations that are members of an AD domain using the DSC configuration engine.
Group Policy Health Reporter 1.8
GUI utility that lets you quickly and easily determine Group Policy processing health against a remote computer. Reports out quick “red or green” status of GP processing on end-nodes and provides detailed listing of GPOs that apply to a given computer or user and which Client Side Extensions have run. GUI version of our PowerShell GP Health Cmdlet.
GPExpert™ Group Policy Health Cmdlet 1.2
PowerShell-based utility that lets you quickly and easily determine Group Policy processing health across computers within your environment. Reports out quick “red or green” status of GP processing on end-nodes and provides detailed listing of GPOs that apply to a given computer or user and which Client Side Extensions have run. Leverages PowerShell for easy integration into existing automation processes.
GPO Deny Finder 1.0
This GUI utility lets you quickly and easily find GPOs in a domain that have Deny Access Control Entries set on them. Runs on Win7 or Server 2008-R2 with .Net Framework 3.5.
SDM GPMC PowerShell Cmdlets 1.3, 1.4 & 1.5
Description:These cmdlets wrap the functionality around managing Group Policy Objects available within the GPMC, into handy PowerShell cmdlets. The latest version comes with 27 cmdlets (in the Vista\Windows 7 version) for performing GPO management tasks like creating and deleting GPOs, linking them to sites, domains and OUs, modifying GPO and SOM security and backing up, importing and restoring GPOs. For more information on using these cmdlets, check out Darren Mar-Elia’s Group Policy Blog
This free set of cmdlets is a great compliment to our commercial GPExpert Group Policy Automation Engine, which provides a cmdlet for modifying the settings within a GPO–something GPMC can’t do! You can get more information on the GPAE on the Products Page.
Requirements: This utility requires .Net 2.0 and PowerShell 1.0 or PowerShell 2.0 to be installed before installation. It also requires GPMC (which requires .Net 1.1 or later) to be installed on the system where the cmdlets run.
SDM Group Policy Refresh Cmdlet 1.0
Description:This PowerShell cmdlet lets you trigger remote Group Policy refreshes on Windows systems running Windows 2000 and above. It’s the PowerShell version of the popular RGPRefresh utility on our GPOGuy.com website.
Requirements: This utility requires .Net 2.0 and PowerShell 1.0 to be installed before installation. Please note that this is currently a 32-bit module. As such, you need to run it using the 32-bit version of PowerShell
Clean Registry Policy Utility 1.1
Now available for download here