Group Policy Blog

New Version of the Group Policy GPMC PowerShell Module

One of the very first freeware projects I undertook when I started SDM Software, was to build a PowerShell snap-in (yes, they were called snap-ins back then) for Group Policy. That was back in 2007, long before Microsoft had their own Group Policy module (<cough> a total ripoff of ours <cough>). Anyway, it’s been several … Read More.

SDM Software and Semperis Partner to Provide World-Class AD & Group Policy Solutions

Hey Folks- Today I’m happy to announce that we’re partnering with Semperis–a leader in providing Active Directory recovery solutions–to help bring customers more complete solutions around AD & GP management. I’m particularly excited about this partnership because it means a lot of cool opportunities for our customers to learn more about AD and GP, the … Read More.

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.

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.

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.

SDM Software Group Policy Products Now Available to Government GSA Customers

We just wanted to make a quick announcement for our US government customers that SDM Software is now an approved GSA contractor, and all of our products are available via GSA Schedule. That includes our powerful Group Policy products such as GPO Compare, GPO Exporter (and the combined GPO Reporting Pak), GP Automation Engine and GP Auditing & … Read More.

Understanding Group Policy Change Auditing

There’s no doubt that the built-in security auditing in Windows is thorough–sometimes too thorough, as anyone who has tried to manage auditing logs in large AD environments knows. But when it comes to auditing Group Policy changes, the native auditing can be lacking. It’s why we built our Group Policy Auditing & Attestation (GPAA) product … Read More.

Script Group Policy Changes With The New Version of Group Policy Automation Engine!

Hey PowerShell and Group Policy Fans! If you want to script group policy changes, life just got easier! I’m pleased to announce that today we shipped a major upgrade to our GP Automation Engine product–version 3.0. For those of you who don’t know what the GPAE is all about, a little background: Back in 2007, … 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.

Vote for GPO Reporting Pak for Windows IT Pro’s Community Choice Awards!

All- Just a quick note to encourage you to vote for our GPO Reporting Pak— which combines the GPO Compare and GPO Exporter products–in the category of “Best Active Directory/Group Policy product” for Windows IT Pro Magazine’s Community Choice Awards. If you’ve downloaded one or both of these products, or you’ve purchased them, you know … Read More.