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October 11th, 2011

What is the Right Amount of GPOs?

This is a question I get all the time, so I thought I’d take a moment and share some thoughts on this question.

Before we get to “What is the right amount of GPOs”, let’s start off with “Can I have too many GPOs?”

One of the problems with Group Policy, in general, is that there isn’t much “organization” inside the Group Policy Objects node within the GPMC. Simply, you get a flat list of GPO names – listed alphabetically. This isn’t ideal if you have, say, thousands of Group Policy Objects and are looking for one, in particular, needle in a haystack.

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Privilege Guard 3.0 Reporting Pack Preview

Last week I gave you a sneak preview of Privilege Guard 3.0, which will be released at the start of the New Year. We will also be releasing two new add on modules for Privilege Guard, and today I want to give you a preview of the Reporting Pack module.

A critical component of any privilege management solution is the audit trail, which can be used to generate compliance reports and fine tune policies. Privilege Guard logs a variety of events to the local application event log on each endpoint and these events can then be centrally collected using Microsoft Event Forwarding.

Event Forwarding uses Windows Remote Management (WinRM) and enables you to collect events from remote computers and store them in the forwarded event log of a central event collector server. It is an extremely scalable architecture, which is why the Privilege Guard Reporting Pack has been built around this technology. The new Privilege Guard Event Collector software is simply installed on one or more event collector servers and it will automatically aggregate Privilege Guard events and upload them to a SQL Server.

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Centralizing Windows Events with Event Forwarding

If you are interested in centralizing Windows events from your desktops or servers then you should take a serious look at Windows Event Forwarding. Event Forwarding is provided by Windows Remote Management (WinRM) and enables you to get events from remote computers and store them in the local event log of an event collector computer.

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