Group Policy Blog

It’s 2016– And the future of Group Policy Is …?

For my first post of the new year, I thought I’d go big and talk about some existential questions facing Windows configuration management. First, whither Group Policy? Second, how do we think about all this here at SDM Software–as we consider ourselves more than just a “Group Policy solutions company”? With the provocative title to this … Read More.

Deploying Desired State Configuration through Group Policy

For those of you who read my blog, you’ll know that I am a big fan of the Desired State Configuration feature Microsoft introduced in PowerShell v4. For more information, you can see my early walkthrough of DSC and a comparison of Group Policy vs. DSC. And while I think DSC adoption is still pretty … Read More.

Converting Group Policy Settings to Desired State Configuration Documents

If you’ve been following my blog, you know I’ve become a big fan of the new Desired State Configuration feature in Windows Management Framework 4 (i.e. PowerShell 4). It makes configuring Windows Servers a snap and provides a whole new set of configuration flexibility, above and beyond what you can get from Group Policy today. … Read More.

An In-Depth Walkthrough of Desired State Configuration in PowerShell Windows Management Framework v4

A couple of weeks ago I blogged about my first experiences with the new Desired State Configuration (DSC) feature that is part of Windows Server 2012-R2 and Windows 8.1 Preview (and will also be available for Windows 8/2012 and Windows 7/2008-R2). I got a chance to sit down with the bits over the last week … Read More.

Desired State Configuration in Windows 8.1 and Group Policy

On Monday, here at TechEd North America, Microsoft took the wraps off of some new technology that will be shipping when Windows 8.1 is released later this year. I had had a preview of this technology a few weeks ago and was happy to see it finally made public. At the time I told the people presenting … Read More.