Group Policy Blog

Group Policy Compliance Manager has arrived!

I started SDM Software back in 2006 with the goal to solve some of the thornier problems of managing Group Policy in enterprise environments. Years of on-the-job experience had shown me the challenges of the “in-the-box” solutions when it came to delivering a reliable end-to-end configuration management system using GP. And while Microsoft had provided … Read More.

Changes to GroupPolicy RSOP in Windows 8

While much is changing in Windows 8, the changes related to Group Policy are more modest. One of these modest changes is in the Resultant Set of Policy (RSoP) functionality, exposed through the Group Policy Results Wizard in GPMC. This wizard was always my first “go-to” tool when trying to troubleshoot GP Processing problems, and … Read More.

RSoP & GP Preferences

I was playing around with some scenarios related to "item-level targeting" (ILT) in Group Policy Preferences and was reminded of a significant limitation in this newer as it relates to Resultant Set of Policy reporting. What I was doing was creating a GPO that contains some GP Preferences registry settings, and then using item-level targeting to … Read More.

Understanding RSOP

A question that appeared on the newsgroups today prompted me to blog about Group Policy Resultant Set of Policy (RSoP) and its capabilities. RSOP was first introduced in Windows XP as a way of letting administrators find out what happened during the last GP processing cycle on a given Windows system. This mode of forensically … Read More.