Monthly Archive: May 2011

May 13 2011

Group Policy Order

Group Policy (GP) ordering is not that difficult, but is could be a little confusing to understand when you first look at it.

Group Policies are applied in order from the root of the tree down. This way, a preference setting at a lower layer in the true can override a setting applied at a more “generic” level.

The order of a Policy can be altered, but only within the Organisational Unit for which the GP’s exist. This can be achieved by selecting the Organisational Unit (OU) in question, and then choosing theĀ “Linked Group Policy Objects” tab on the right hand side of the window.

Group Policy Settings

Once this has been selected, you should see the list of Group Policies enabled at this level. You can move these order of application by clicking the arrows on the left hand side of this pane. The application order of policies is from the bottom up. Meaning that an Policy with a link order of 5 will get applied before one with a link order of 1. This can be seen by selecting the “Group Policy Inheritance” button

Group Policy InheritanceHere you will see a total list of all group policies that apply to the respective level in the order of there application.

Official Link: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc778890(WS.10).aspx

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