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    Several months ago, one of my customers came to me with a concern. It seems that certain of his users were receiving their Group Policies correctly while another group was only receiving a subset of the policies. He wasn't sure why this would be. The event gave me the opportunity to talk with him about...
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    In the previous post, I talked about the structure of a GPO. Now, I'll turn to the question of what a client does in order to apply the settings that we've configured in our GPOs. The processing of GPOs is initiated from the client side rather than being pushed from your Domain Controllers. As such,...
  • Blog Post: Group Policy Basics - Part 1: Understanding the Structure of a Group Policy Object

    As a Windows administrator, you almost certainly have used Group Policies to control the settings deployed to the clients of your Active Directory infrastructure. But with Group Policies getting such heavy use, not as many administrators fully understand how Group Policy Objects (GPOs) are structured...
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    So now that we've investigated the structure of a GPO and looked at how clients know which GPOs to apply, it's time to look at how they apply them. For a client to know which GPOs are assigned to it, and in which order it should apply them, the client needs to check several things: Whether its...