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    5 comments  ·  PowerShell » Desired State Configuration (DSC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Nick Fields commented  · 

    Thanks for moving this, I would say most of my frustration is in two areas: The inconsistency with which GP settings are managed (split between Policies and Preferences, which came out of acquisition over a decade ago) and the difficulty even to this day in GP processing/reporting/debugging on clients. For example take a recent setting "Hardened UNC Paths". I would expect this to be in the Windows Settings\File System or maybe Admin Templates\Filesystem, but instead it's in a new section called Admin Templates\Network\Network Provider all by itself. Most of the "Help" text is in the "Options" section and obscures the actual options that need to be set. Other sections like Admin Tempates\System\Removable Storage Access are in their own folder instead of in the Admin Templates\System\Filesystem folder. If there was a little more rhyme or reason to how settings were organized it might make GPOs easier to build and teach others to create/maintain. When it comes to troubleshooting Group Policy, there is the GP Operational Event Log, but many different types of errors are buried in the same event IDs (particularly in the Client Side extensions) and outside of some GUIDs there isn't much to go on in many cases so your search engine of choice becomes the place to research an error. In PS DSC you do have some of the same situations with event IDs, but you at least have good quality error streams to look at and some modules to help you sift through the data on either a single local or remote system, or more easily pull in logs from a whole bunch of systems on demand to analyze them. I'm not arguing that PS DSC can do everything that Group Policy can do (yet), but I think it's worth exploring if adding some of the things that Sebastian mentions below (logon/logoff triggers, delegation, loopback processing) could have equivalents in PS 6.0 or beyond that would make it worth having PS DSC slide in underneath GP as the "Make it so" engine that I'm always hearing about. It's okay if nothing ever happens with this idea, but if I could do one thing, could I manage the IE Site to Zone mappings with PowerShell DSC? Our list has I believe around 600 entries in it, and tends to crash the GPMC when we try to save it when we add another site. /rant

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    3 comments  ·  PowerShell » Desired State Configuration (DSC)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    investigating  ·  Mark Gray responded

    Your votes on this and other features helps us in our feature prioritization.

    Thank you!!

    MarkG

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    7 comments  ·  Installation and Patching » Images  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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    It doesn't even have to be monthly, quarterly would be great!

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    11 comments  ·  General Feedback » Shell, GUI, & Explorer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thanks for the feedback. This is something that has been suggested frequently, and we are hearing you. At this time no decision has been made either way.

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    This, it's time to finish the conversion of everything to PowerShell and make it the default shell in the OS.

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    4 comments  ·  Management Tools » Group Policy  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Nick Fields commented  · 

    Yes please on this, GPOs are due for a major revamp. Maybe a way to start merging GPOs toward DSC?

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