[gptalk] Re: Get-SDMgpo only returning 3/4

  • From: "Cruz, Jerome L" <jerome.l.cruz@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "gptalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <gptalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 25 Jun 2008 11:41:13 -0500

Hi Kevin,

Several possibilities (off the top of my head...not even looking at the code 

1)      The account used to run the script does not have access to all of the 

2)      Something wrong with "spaces" in the display names of the GPOs (causing 
them to be the same name...data overwriting)

3)      [low probability] Many GPOs have the same name (e.g. New Group Policy 

Jerry Cruz | Group Policies Product Manager | Boeing IT

From: gptalk-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:gptalk-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On 
Behalf Of Kevin Gay
Sent: Wednesday, June 25, 2008 8:46 AM
To: gptalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [gptalk] Get-SDMgpo only returning 3/4

I'm using Powershell to create backups of all our GPO's, basically a daily 
script that runs and drops them into a folder with the GPO's name as the folder 
name. I've attached links and the script at the bottom if anyone would like to 
use it. But the real problem is that Get-SDMgpo only retrieves about 3/4 of all 
the GPOs in the domain, we have 61 GPO's, running Get-SDMgpo * (which grabs 
them all) only returns 48. So I'm wondering if anyone else has had this problem 
and if they resolved it. I'm also using the free download of the cmdlets.

http://www.gpoguy.com/powershell.htm - explanation of the cmdlets and download 
location. You'll need to see the howto so you can add the cmdlets to powershell.
http://gnuwin32.sourceforge.net/packages/grep.htm - for grep used in the 
script, I just placed the files in system32.


#Add-PSSnapin SDMSoftware.PowerShell.GPMC #uncomment in case you get an error 
saying Get-SDMgpo is not understood.
$gpmList = Get-SDMgpo * | grep "DisplayName"

$strSavePath = \\server\share"

#             the log doesn't seem to work as well as I expected it to.
$Date = Get-Date -format MM-dd-yyyy
$Logs = \\server\share\Logs\" + $Date + ".txt"

foreach ($gpmGPOName in $gpmList)

#             Essentially this is performing an InStr() and then a Right()
#   so it can grab only the GPO name.
                $Index = $gpmGPOName.indexof(":") + 2
                $Length = $gpmGPOName.length - $Index

#             See if it outputs correctly
#             echo $gpmGPOName.substring($Index, $Length)
                $gpmName = $gpmGPOName.substring($Index, $Length)
                echo $gpmName

#             put together the full path
                $strLocation = $strSavePath + "\" + $gpmName

#             Check for folder to put GPO in
                if (!(Test-Path $strLocation))
                                md $strLocation
#             Log some info.
                echo $gpmName >> $Logs
                echo $gpmName
                Export-SDMgpo -Name $gpmName  -location $strLocation 
-Description $gpmName >> $Logs



Kevin Gay
Desktop Administrator
Cherokee Nation Enterprises
Catoosa, OK 74015

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