Group Policy and PowerShell are both very powerful tools to automate IT management tasks. Specops Command combines both technologies giving you an even more powerful scripting solution.

Specops Command Overview

There is a free and a commercial version. Please, check out this comparison table for the differences between the two. These are the most interesting features of the free edition of Specops Command:

Automatic PowerShell installation: The biggest problem you face when it comes to using PowerShell network wide is to get it installed on all your machines. Specops Command helps you deploy PowerShell in the background by using Group Policy software installation. It thereby makes sure that the correct PowerShell package is installed on different Windows editions.

Foreground and background script execution using Group Policy: Specops Commands allows you to execute PowerShell scripts using well known Group Policy procedures. That is, you can remotely launch scripts in the foreground (boot or logon) or background (Group Policy refresh intervals).

Credential elevation for user scripts: Users usually (hopefully) don't have enough privileges for management tasks on their machines. Therefore, logon scripts often have to run with elevated credentials.

Specops CommandIf you want to try Specops Command you should reserve some time for your test. The installation package installs the full version which is quite a sophisticated tool. The trial license allows you to use the full version for a limited time period. After that, you can continue using its free version. This video will you give a first impression of how to use Specops Command.

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3 Comments
  1. Darren Mar-Elia 14 years ago

    On a related noted we have two products related to GP and PowerShell that might be of interest. One is free and is a collection of PowerShell cmdlets that wrap GPMC functionality, available at http://www.sdmsoftware.com/freeware.php. We also have a commercial product called the GPExpert Scripting Toolkit for PowerShell that lets administrators use PowerShell to modify the settings within GPOs. That’s at http://www.sdmsoftware.com/products.php. Thanks!

  2. Thanks for the tip. The free version might be interesting to include in the list of free admin tools.

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