In this course, Darren Mar-Elia (GPOGUY) discusses the common pitfalls and issues involved in using Group Policy, how to avoid them with good design principles, and how to troubleshoot the all-too-common bloated GP infrastructure. We give Darren a scenario environment overloaded with policies, including several conflicting policies, and watch as he walks through inventory, normalizing, and deployment of revised policies. Play by Play is a series in which we sit down with top industry experts and discuss technologies, problems and solutions in real time, unscripted and unrehearsed. Have you ever wished you could watch one of your tech heroes work through a problem in real time, using their own tools and tricks? This is the series for you.
Darren Mar-Elia is CTO and Founder of SDM Software and GPOGUY.COM. Darren has 30 years of IT and Software experience in the Microsoft technology area, including IT architecture roles at Fortune 500 companies and CTO of Windows products at Quest Software. He’s been a Microsoft Group Policy MVP for 11 years.
Course Introduction I'm Gary Eimerman and this is Play by Play at Pluralsight. This is a series where we give you a rare view into the workflows and thought process of top admins, developers, and designers. Have you ever wished you could watch one of your tech heroes work on a project in their own time, using their own tools, at their natural speed? Not a rehearsed presentation or a prepared course, but planning and problem solving as it happens in the real world every day. That's what we do in this series, we give talented admins, developers, and designers a task to work on, live and unrehearsed for about two hours. We talk through architecture decisions, and fix unexpected problems, this isn't a tutorial, we won't pause to explain how to set up a server infrastructure or development environment, but you will see how professional use tools in their everyday environments. In this session I had the great pleasure to sit down with friend and group policy guru, Darren Marelia. We talked through the problems, best practices, and some trouble shooting techniques for working with your group policy environments, we focused on the needs of administrators and consultant in today's Windows environments and discussed some of the challenges faced, like having to many group policy objects conflicting in duplicate group policy objects, and inconsistent applications of GPOs, we dove into inventorying your group policy objects, normalizing them, redesigning them if necessary, and deploying them, we hope you can take and apply some of Darren's immense knowledge of administration and group policy to your own environments.