Group Policy Blog

Anything New in Group Policy for Windows 8.1 Update One?

Last week, Microsoft shipped to MSDN subscribers, the bits for the first update to Windows 8.1. Regular users of 8.1 will get the update starting today, through Windows Update. A natural question would be, did Microsoft make any outwardly visible improvements or changes to Group Policy in this new release? The answer is, surprisingly (or […]

Warning!!!–Group Policy Logon Scripts Delays in Windows 8.1

Last month, I wrote an article on the website, reviewing the new features around Group Policy in Windows 8.1. Buried in that list of new stuff was a feature that was perhaps a little unheralded and under-advertised, but one that may cause administrators a world of hurt if they are not expecting it. Specifically, I’m […]

Group Policy Settings Reference Available for Windows 8.1

Hey Folks- Just a quick note to let you know that Microsoft just released their settings spreadsheet for Admin Template settings available in Windows 8.1 and Server 2012-R2. This handy Excel doc lets you search for available Admin Template and security settings for the current version of Windows. Just go to: And you’ll see […]

More on Group Policy Caching in Windows 8.1

A while back I wrote a post describing the new Group Policy caching feature in Windows 8.1. As I mentioned in the post, this feature was designed to speed up GP processing when “synchronous” foreground policy processing was occurring. Synchronous foreground processing, prior to Windows 8.1, happened during one of a few different scenarios: 1. The first […]

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 […]

Understanding Group Policy Caching in Windows 8.1

The other day I tweeted about an article posted on the Microsoft TechNet site, that gave a brief overview of the new Group Policy features coming in Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012, R2. One of the items mentioned in the article, albeit briefly, was a new “Group Policy Caching” feature. I wanted to spend some time talking […]

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 […]