PowerShell Group Policy Reports

Hello,

I'm attempting to get a good report in Excel for over 300 group policies.  I'd also like to get these in on one excel sheet so that I can sort, and view to find duplicate settings that I can combine. I'm finding this isn't as easy as I thought it was going to be. I tried exporting a report using get-gporeport but the export of the gporeport.xml doesn't open up good at all in excel, plus I don't want to open up each report manually and copy the contents over.

I also looked at SDM, but there is no budget for that so I have to look at scripts to do this.

I'm extremely new to scripting and still don't quite understand the scripting language but have tried the following to export some of the contents in the XML file.

Script so far
$xml = [xml](get-content 'C:\temp\gpo\gpreport.xml')
$xml.GPO | foreach {$_.Name + ":" + $_.CreatedTime + ":" + $_.User.Enabled + ":" + $_.User.ExtensionData.Name}

Results
IT EXPLORER:2008-05-13T18:44:40:true:Internet Explorer Maintenance Registry

Am I doing this correctly? What I want is to export the name, owner, created date, and the settings name, and settings for each of the policies, disabled or not, linked or not, etc...

Thanks
Lito
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CoralonConnect With a Mentor Commented:
You are on the right track from what I can see (I'm not at work, so I can't generate my own GPO report to see the XML.  Can you load a sample of the XML data?)  I need to know what it looks like, but you can make some optimizations.

[xml]$xml = new-object -typename xml
$xml.load('C:\temp\gpo\gpreport.xml')

$xml.gpo | foreach {
     ($_.Name, $_.CreatedTime, $_.User.Enabled, $_.User.ExtensionData.Name) -join ':'
}

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1. Using the $xml.load is substantially faster than using get-content.  The more policies and settings you are dealing with, the more you will notice it.  (I've seen it listed as 7 times faster).
2. The -join is faster and easier then using regular concatenation.  Without the XML file, I can't be 100% sure of the needed syntax, but digging through something similar I have done before... I did this:
$xml.Folders | foreach {($_.Folder.AppFolder) -join ':'}

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The XML source was similar to this:
<Folders>
     <Folder AppFolder='Folder1'> 
     </Folder>
     <Folder AppFolder='Folder2'> 
     </Folder>
</Folders>

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The key is that you are working with XML elements. The AppFolder attribute outputs as a string, so you can use -join with it.  

Coralon
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