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Assign Security Group Filters to the GPO

Updated: January 27, 2010

Applies To: Windows 7, Windows Essential Business Server, Windows SBS 2003, Windows SBS 2008, Windows Server 2000, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Vista

To make sure that your GPO is applied to the correct computers, use the Group Policy Management MMC snap-in to assign security group filters to the GPO.

ImportantImportant
This deployment guide uses the method of adding the Domain Computers group to the membership group for the main isolated domain after testing is complete and you are ready to go live in production. To make this method work, you must prevent any computer that is a member of either the boundary or encryption zone from applying the GPO for the main isolated domain. For example, on the GPOs for the main isolated domain, deny Read and Apply Group Policy permissions to the membership groups for the boundary and encryption zones.

Administrative credentials

To complete these procedures, you must be a member of the Domain Administrators group, or otherwise be delegated permissions to modify the relevant GPOs.

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Use the following procedure to add a group to the security filter on the GPO that allows group members to apply the GPO.

  1. On a computer that has the Group Policy Management feature installed, click Start, click Administrative Tools, and then click Group Policy Management.

  2. If the User Account Control dialog box appears, confirm that the action it displays is what you want, and then click Continue.

  3. In the navigation pane, find and then click the GPO that you want to modify.

  4. In the details pane, under Security Filtering, click Authenticated Users, and then click Remove.

    noteNote
    You must remove the default permission granted to all authenticated users and computers to restrict the GPO to only the groups you specify.

  5. Click Add.

  6. In the Select User, Computer, or Group dialog box, type the name of the group whose members are to apply the GPO, and then click OK. If you do not know the name, you can click Advanced to browse the list of groups available in the domain.

Use the following procedure to add a group to the security filter on the GPO that prevents group members from applying the GPO. This is typically used to prevent computers that are running Windows 2000 from applying a GPO, because Windows 2000 does not support WMI filters. It is also used to prevent members of the boundary and encryption zones from applying the GPOs for the isolated domain.

  1. On a computer that has the Group Policy Management feature installed, click Start, click Administrative tools, and then click Group Policy Management.

  2. If the User Account Control dialog box appears, confirm that the action it displays is what you want, and then click Continue.

  3. In the navigation pane, find and then click the GPO that you want to modify.

  4. In the details pane, click the Delegation tab.

  5. Click Advanced.

  6. Under the Group or user names list, click Add.

  7. In the Select User, Computer, or Group dialog box, type the name of the group whose members are to be prevented from applying the GPO, and then click OK. If you do not know the name, you can click Advanced to browse the list of groups available in the domain.

  8. Select the group in the Group or user names list, and then select the box in the Deny column for both Read and Apply group policy.

  9. Click OK, and then in the Windows Security dialog box, click Yes.

  10. The group appears in the list with Custom permissions.

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