Umm, how's this new? I've been managing ~45,000 users (we're a university) using exclusively powershell for at least 3 years now.
3 posts • joined 8 Sep 2008
1) Group policy preferences are what it said on the tin ie: *preferences* that can be overridden by the user - unless you blow a users profile away at each logon they are of no use use for compliance
2) I agree that for real power/flexibility scripts are the business (powershell, vbscript, jscript, batch - choose your poison but this is my order of preference) - but l in every case i've ever come across these can be fired off by a property of either the computer or the user that is easily evaluated by GPO. I may seem obtuse but I don't understand why adding another policy management tool adds value. It seems you are adding puppet to the mix 'cos you dig it on linux
Sounds a bit like what MS calls DSI
The "dynamic systems initiative" was going to result in smart apps that would find appropriate resources to run each component on - lots of noise ~ 2 years ago but we haven't really seen any output yet