Group Policy Blog

Searching Group Policy Settings

It seems like a logical thing to be able to do–you have a bunch of GPOs and you want to search for settings across them. In fact, it turns out to be a fair bit of work with native tools. It’s true that Microsoft has provided, for a while now, an Azure-based website that provides the … Read More.

Migrating from IE Maintenance Home Page Policy Using PowerShell

There’s no doubt that Microsoft’s dropping support of IE Maintenance Policy for systems running IE 10 and above has been a blessing and a curse. As I’ve observed, the blog postings I’ve done on this site related to this issue continue to have the highest view counts. Clearly people were caught unawares as a result of this … Read More.

Group Policy Cleanup and GPO Exporter

Group Policy Cleanup and optimization is top-of-mind for many of our customers. One of the key tools for helping customers achieve optimized GPO environments, SDM Software’s GPO Exporter product, just got an update recently. One of the small improvements we added was support for outputting our powerful Group Policy Analysis reports to PowerShell objects. Exporter comes … Read More.

Getting Control of Group Policy with SDM Software and GPO Exporter

Folks- I’ve been wanting to record a video for a while now, where I talk about some specific examples of how our GPO Exporter product can really help customers get a handle on their Group Policy environments. In this new video I talk about the challenges administrators face with respect to Group Policy, and then … Read More.

New Whitepaper on Group Policy Slow Boot/Slow Logon Reports

As I mentioned in a previous post, our new version of GPO Exporter 2.0 includes a set of free reports that help to identify GPOs and GPO designs that can impact desktop boot and logon performance. I also mentioned that we would be creating a whitepaper that explains how you can use these reports and … Read More.

GPO Exporter 2.0 Released!

Today I’m happy to announce that SDM Software has released our 2.0 version of GPO Exporter! I’m really excited about this release because I think it represents a new milestone in an organization’s ability to get insight and add manageability to Group Policy as a configuration management tool for Windows. As I had blogged previously, … Read More.

Register for our Group Policy Design Webinar on January 30th– Two Group Policy MVPs Presenting about Group Policy!

I’m happy to announce that on January 30th at 9am Pacific Time (GMT-8), SDM Software will be presenting a webinar entitled, “Optimizing Group Policy Design and Performance with SDM Software”. In this webinar, fellow Group Policy MVP Derek Melber and myself will be talking about best practices for Group Policy design to ensure good desktop performance … Read More.

Finding Empty Group Policy Objects

It’s often the case in larger Group Policy environments, that over time you collect so many GPOs, that you no longer know what all of them do or what’s contained within them. If you’re in the process of trying to cleanup or streamline your GPOs, then finding EMPTY GPOs can be a useful exercise. But … Read More.

GPO Exporter 1.6 Ships!

It’s often the case in software that there’s more stuff that you want to do in a product than you have time for in a given release. That was the case with our recent release of GPO Exporter — 1.6. There were a number of things that didn’t make it into 1.5 –principally around our … Read More.

Where Are My Group Policy Settings?

One of the challenges any reasonable-sized IT shop has around Group Policy is the need to be able to find and discover all the settings that have been deployed. Something as simple as searching for one or more settings across all settings is pretty tough to do in the native tools, let alone being able … Read More.