What’s new with Group Policy in Windows 8
I'm sure Microsoft will talk about the improvements they have made to AD and Group Policy on their Windows 8 blog at some point, but in the meantime I thought this was worth posting...
The Windows Developer Preview version of Windows Server 8 has been on MSDN now for a while therefore I setup a Domain Controller and found some very interesting new Group Policy features lurking… Group Policy Infrastructure Status
If you click on the domain name in GPMC you will notice there is a new tab called “Infra Status”. As the page says “The page shows the status of Active Directory and Sysvol (DFSR) replication for this domain as it relates to Group Policy”. This will obviously be a great troubleshooting tool for Group Policy settings that are not applying to the computers in your organisation due to AD replication issues. http://i.imgur.com/s109C.png Group Policy Update
If you right click on any OU in you AD you will see a new menu option called “Group Policy Update…”. http://i.imgur.com/Wn3Lw.png
What is particularly interesting is the text “FORCE A GROUP POLICY UPDATE" meaning that you can now force the group policy update to all computers in a Organisations Unit. This would effectively mean that administrators can now make changes to their computers without having to wait the default 90 minutes to wait for group policy to refresh on a computer. http://i.imgur.com/rCq1C.png http://i.imgur.com/salaf.png
Seeing the task was scheduled I then took a look at the scheduled tasks on the computer being targeted and found that it had created two scheduled tasks to perform a gpupdate in the user and computer context. http://i.imgur.com/TtPl9.png