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Author Topic: Group Policy Object Editor Search  (Read 5280 times)

SloppyGoat

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Group Policy Object Editor Search
« on: February 03, 2006, 01:49:02 AM »
Ok, I'm no programmer, so I have no idea how difficult this might be, but one day I was searching for a utility that I cannot believe doesn't exist! System Admins everywhere would probably be simply ecstatic if someone were to create this. There needs to be a utility to search through the Group Policy Object Editor on Windows Active Directory Domain Controllers. I mean, if you've ever tried to find what you're looking for in GPO Editor, you're in for a long, time consuming search through hundreds of options that start with "Disable..." or "Enable..." or "Remove..." or "Hide..." or "Do Not..." or "Prohibit...", etc.
None of these options can be alphabetized for obvious reasons. Since they all start with something that's not at all helpful in finding what you're looking for quickly, I thought it would be a wonderful thing to have a search engine! Why there isn't one, I'm really not sure. I mean, this is something Admins might even pay for, if it's in high enough demand.

Forgive me if this is above and beyond Coding Snacks scope of ideology, but I just thought I'd run it by you, in case anyone is feeling frisky. 8)

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Re: Group Policy Object Editor Search
« Reply #1 on: February 03, 2006, 02:07:22 AM »
count me in for this if anyone decides to code it.......... it would be immensely useful  :up:  :up:  2 thumbs up

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Re: Group Policy Object Editor Search
« Reply #2 on: February 03, 2006, 02:25:05 AM »
Not a program, but any app like Excel will be able to search through these :)

http://download.micr...e/PolicySettings.xls

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It's not a bug, it's an undocumented and unexplainable feature.
Stick it on your site:

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Re: Group Policy Object Editor Search
« Reply #3 on: February 03, 2006, 02:51:49 AM »
using System;
using System.IO;
using System.Collections;
using System.Windows.Forms;

namespace dotGPO
{
    public partial class MainForm : Form
    {
        public MainForm()
        {
            InitializeComponent();
            StreamReader reader = new StreamReader("in.txt");
            String[] lines = reader.ReadToEnd().Replace("\n", "").Split(' ', '\r');
            ArrayList name = new ArrayList();
            ArrayList min = new ArrayList();
            ArrayList desc = new ArrayList();
            ArrayList keys = new ArrayList();
            for (int i = 0; (i + 3) < lines.Length; i = i + 4)
            {
                name.Add(lines[i]);
                min.Add(lines[i + 1]);
                desc.Add(lines[i + 2]);
                keys.Add(lines[i + 3]);
            }
            //Do something with the ArrayLists you now have :)
        }
    }
}

in.txt can be downloaded from: http://Bluescreenofdeath.co.uk/in.txt
It's not a bug, it's an undocumented and unexplainable feature.
Stick it on your site:

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Re: Group Policy Object Editor Search
« Reply #4 on: February 03, 2006, 01:28:42 PM »
Thanks, but I was kind of hoping for something integrated into the GPO Editor....like a search field, or search menu add on, or something. Don't get me wrong. I will use this in the meantime. I just can't believe, with all the fine freeware  Admin utilities out there, no one has done this yet. It was a pretty extreme lack of insight for MS, IMO. It should've came with a search.