Month: February 2014


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One Thing Group Policy Desperately Needs

One Thing Group Policy Desperately Needs

Many companies depend on Group Policy (GP) for delivering stuff, such as security settings, configurations, software, and etc. When I think of “delivery,” I think of the mailman. After pondering on this a bit, I started to realize GP is no different from the postal service. To show the similarities I’ll use an analogy. A mother writes to each of her children. In the letter, she provides instructions for completing an online survey for their upcoming family reunion. She puts the letters in envelopes and then heads to the post office. Since her children are such great kids, she...

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Group Policy Should Steal From SCCM

Group Policy Should Steal From SCCM

In a previous blog post, I explained that Group Policy (GP) desperately needs reporting and that such a feature should work similar to the postal service’s delivery confirmation. In this post, I will discuss what I believe the reporting should look like.  And I won’t have to paint a picture with words for you to visualize this because it already exists today… in System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM). SCCM is Microsoft’s systems management software that enables administrators to manage workstations through the IT lifecycle. It has many features. The one feature that is of interest here is the reporting...

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