Group Policy Blog

Azure AD Domain Services

Darren Mar-Elia was kind enough to take some time to walk through and share his thoughts on the Azure AD Domain Services. Microsoft recently released a preview and Darren jumped right in there picking it apart and helping us make sense out of the new capabilities. Take a look and hear his insight into expectations … Read More.

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┬áhe’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 … Read More.

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 … Read More.

Are We Moving Towards a “Post-AD” World?

Over the past year, I’ve had occasion to work with some large enterprises that are pushing the envelope in terms of what the next generation of client computing will look like. In the process of this work, I’ve come to recognize what I think will be an inevitable trend. Namely, that on-premise Active Directory will … Read More.

GPO Exporter Demonstration [Video]

In this video, Darren Mar-Elia, SDM Software’s CTO and Founder, demonstrates the SDM Software GPO Exporter product, a tool that quickly and easily document your Group Policy Environment.

GPO Compare Demonstration

In this video, Darren Mar-Elia, SDM Software’s CTO and Founder, demonstrates the SDM Software GPO Compare product, a tool for being able to perform actions such as comparing group policy objects across your Windows enterprise network and creating reports about GPOs. GPO Compare greatly improves the manageability of group policy.

4th Edition of O’Reilly Active Directory Book is out!

Just a quick note to let everyone know that the 4th edition of the Active Directory Book from O’Reilly is out, courtesy of AD MVP Brian Desmond. For those of you who aren’t familiar with this book, its an invaluable resource for Active Directory Administrators, and Brian has added his considerable AD expertise to this latest update, … Read More.

PowerShell Script to leverage AD Tombstone cmdlets

Well, Active Directory MVP and well-known speaker Guido Grillenmeier from HP has taken my AD tombstone reanimation cmdlets and fashioned a very cool PowerShell script that uses the cmdlets and the new AD snapshot mounting feature in Server 2008 to not only restore deleted objects but also restore their attributes that are lost when the … Read More.

PowerShell hits the morgue

Well, despite the morbid title, this is not about dead things. Well, not quite.  And amazingly its not about Group Policy either.  In my ever increasing thirst for PowerShell knowledge, I thought I would experiment a bit with some Active Directory-based cmdlets this time. The result is two free PowerShell Cmdlets that retrieve and reanimate … Read More.

Going to DEC 2008? See you there!

NetPro is hosting their annual Directory Experts Conference next week in Chicago. If you haven’t been to this show, its a great place to mean all the giant brains in the Active Directory world and learn some cool things about AD and related technologies. If you are going, look me up when you’re there. I’m … Read More.