SDM Software Named 2009 Editors’ Best Gold Award Winner by Windows IT Pro Magazine

SDM Software, the industry expert on Windows® Group Policy, today announced that its GPExpert® Group Policy Automation Engine 2.0 was named as the Gold medal winner of the “2009 Editors’ Best Awards” in the Active Directory and Group Policy category by Penton Media’s Windows IT Pro magazine.

“SDM Software’s GPExpert Group Policy Automation Engine 2.0 is a tool that helps the Group Policy–challenged manage Group Policy as though they were Group Policy experts,” said Caroline Marwitz, associate editor, Windows IT Pro in the award announcement.

Guido Grillenmeier, contributor, Windows IT Pro adds, “SDM products and free utilities allow the most powerful GPO management. SDM Software clearly shows its leadership in Group Policy management products with innovative solutions that no one else provides. The company led the way in automation of Group Policy management with its Group Policy Automation Engine and free PowerShell GPMC cmdlets—which I personally value highly. These technologies were introduced by SDM long before Microsoft provided limited functionality in Windows 7.”

GPExpert Group Policy Automation Engine automates the auditing and modification of Group Policy settings, enabling administrators to go “that last mile” and fully automate the management and tracking of Group Policy settings. The product provides PowerShell and .NET interfaces into the actual settings within Group Policy Objects and supports modifications for domain-based or local GPOs on Windows XP,Vista, Windows 7, Server 2003 or Server 2008.

“It’s an honor to be named the ‘Gold’ winner in the Active Directory and Group Policy category of Windows IT Pro’s Editors’ Choice Awards,” said Darren Mar-Elia, Microsoft MVP and CEO of SDM Software. “Many administrators struggle with the time-consuming task of manually reporting on and modifying Group Policy settings across their GPOs. With GPExpert Group Policy Automation Engine we automate these key processes in a repeatable and self-documenting way, saving time and money while also preventing costly configuration errors from crippling the environment.”

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About SDM Software

Established in 2006 by leading Group Policy expert and Microsoft MVP Darren Mar-Elia, SDM Software is a leader in providing products that simplify the management of Windows Group Policy technology. With extensive real-world knowledge and experience managing Windows environments ranging from 100 to 100,000 systems, SDM Software builds products that are designed with administrators in mind. Through the free and highly popular website, many SDM Software tools are already in use by thousands of administrators around the world. SDM Software, Inc. is a privately held company headquartered in San Anselmo, Calif. For more information please visit: .