Documentation is a big deal in the world of IT. There are different levels of documentation. I want to go over in-place documentation for group policy. Comments in Group Policy are in-place documentation.

How to comment on a Group Policy

This process is not straightforward by any stretch of the imagination. The first and foremost way to add comments to a Group Policy is to use the GUI.

  1. Open Group Policy Management Console
  2. Select the policy you wish to comment
  3. Right-click the policy in question and click edit
  4. Inside the group policy management editor, right-click the policy name and click properties
  5. Click the comment tab
  6. Now enter your comment.
  7. click Apply and Ok

The second way to add a comment in group policy is by using PowerShell. The Description of a policy is where the comment lives. Thus using the command Get-GPO will produce the comment. We will dig more into that later.

Get-GPO -name "Control Panel Access"

Using the Get-Member command we can pipe our Get-GPO command and see what is doable. You will be treated to a list of member types and what they are capable of. The description has a get and a set method to it. This means, you can set the description, aka comment.

(Get-GPO -name "Control Panel Access").Description = "This is my comment"


Here are a few suggestions for documenting the policy like this.

  1. Use the(Get-date).ToString(“yyyy-MM-dd_hh_mm_ss”) at the beginning to setup your date time.
  2. Then, I would add the author of the policy/comment
  3. A quick description of the policy
  4. Whether it’s a user or computer policy.
  5. Any WMI filters.

More information here helps the next person or even yourself months down the road. Don’t go overboard as it can cause issues later. Using the ‘`n’ will create a new line which can be helpful as well.

Pulling Comments with PowerShell

Now that we have all the policies documented, we can pull the information from the in-place documentation. We do this by using the GPO-Get -All command. One way to do this is by using the select-object command and passing everything into a csv. I personally don’t like that, but it works.

Get-GPO -All | select-object DisplayName,Description | export-csv c:\temp\GPO.csv

I personally like going through the GPO’s and creating a txt file with the comment and the file name being the display name.

Get-GPO -All | foreach-object {$_.Description > "c:\temp\$($_.Displayname).txt"}


I would like to go deeper into In-Place Documentation as it is very useful down the road. Powershell uses the #, other programs use different methods as well. If you get a chance to place in place documentation, life becomes easier when you are building out the primary documentation as you have a point of reference to look back at.

Future Reading