Get GPO Backup with Powershell

Jeff Hicks, one of Microsoft’s Powershell MVPs, has written a great script for managing GPO backups: The GroupPolicy module from Microsoft offers a great deal of functionality from a command line. In terms of regular maintenance or administration it is pretty hard to beat, especially if you have 100s or 1000s of GPOs. When you…


More on searching group policy

Here’s a quick follow-up to our last post on the existence of GPO search. One of our MVPs, Alan, has a great post up about a Group Policy Search webapp (Previously mentioned on this blog). It includes instructions on how to install a Windows Search connector – so you can use this search right from…


Troubleshooting Group Policy

Troubleshooting Group Policy can be a pain. I agree. When I try out new awesome Group Policy Preferences, or I experiment with the GP cmdlets, I am sometimes stumped. Here’s what we do when we are troubleshooting our own test environments on the Group Policy team: Read it like this: I have a problem. Did…


How to Install GPMC on Server 2008, 2008 R2, and Windows 7 (via RSAT)

Happy Holidays!   This is the Group Policy present you’ve been asking for : a step by step video of how to install the GPMC using a GUI or a commandline from Jeremy Moskowitz, one of our fantastic MVPs! Jeremy also walks you through how to install the GPMC (Group Policy Management Console) using RSAT…


Tales from the Community: Enforced vs. Block Inheritance

From the Group Policy TechNet Forum, featuring Florian, ever-helpful Group Policy MVP: Hi What is the difference between “no-override” and “block policy inheritance” in group policy option? Regards M. Hey M.! It looks like you’re trying to tweak how Group Policy gets applied. Questions about “No override” and “Block policy inheritance” are not among the…


TechEd Australia 2009 talks published

If you couldn’t make it to the TechEd Australia 2009 conference in the Gold Coast, you missed a lot of great presentations! Luckily, they were recorded and published here: What’s new in Win7/Server 2008 R2 (Gutnik) SRV310 The Power of Preferences (Burchill and Gutnik)  CLI308 Enjoy 🙂 LiliaG (the G stands for Gutnik)…


Passwords in Group Policy Preferences (updated)

Have you ever wanted to configure a preference item to include a specific user name and password? You can do so in several types of preference items, but you should first consider the security ramifications of embedding a user name and password in a preference item. Are passwords in preference items secure?A password in a…


Do I need to update my server to support new policies? When do I need to separate policies?

I just blogged about this very question over on my blog. Essentially the question we hear a lot is do I need to update Schema/Active Directory/Servers/functional modes etc to support a new client OS version. I wont revisit that Sometimes theres a need to separate policies for specific OS functions but not to “update” them….


Restoring Default Domain Policies and SYSVOL to their defaults

We have stated a number of times through a number of forums that its not a great practice to muck around with the Default Domain Policy and the Default Domain Controllers Policy. In fact its actually a really bad practice…same goes with the SYSVOL. Just dont screw around with it. We recommend if you want…


PolicyMaker Preferences Migration tool

To keep you in the loop, many of you have asked whether we intend to provide support for PolicyMaker Preferences and migrate to Windows Server 2008’s Group Policy Preferences.   I can confirm we are currently testing a tool that will be able to perform this migration. We are pleased with the quality of the…