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Link a Group Policy object using GPMC

Updated: January 21, 2005

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

To link a Group Policy object

  1. Open Group Policy Management.

  2. In the console tree, locate the site, domain or organizational unit to which you want to link a Group Policy object (GPO)


    • Forest name

    • Domains or Sites

    • Site name, Domain name or organizational unit name

  3. Do one of the following:

    • To link an existing GPO, right-click the domain or organizational unit within the domain, and then click Link an Existing GPO. In the Select GPO dialog box, click the GPO which you want to link, and then click OK.

    • To link a new GPO, right-click the domain or organizational unit within a domain, and then click Create and Link a GPO Here. In the Name box, type a name for the new GPO, and then click OK.


  • To link an existing GPO to a site, domain, or organization unit, you must have Link GPOs permission on that site, domain, or organizational unit. By default, only Domain Administrators and Enterprise Administrators have this privilege for domains and organizational units, and only Enterprise Administrators and Domain Administrators of the forest root domain have this privilege for sites.

  • To create and link a GPO, you must have Link GPOs permissions on the desired domain or organizational unit, and you must have permission to create GPOs in that domain. By default, only Domain Administrators, Enterprise Administrators, and Group Policy Creator owners have permission to create GPOs.

  • The Create and Link a GPO Here option is not available for sites, because it is unclear in which domain to create the GPO. The user must first create a GPO in any domain in the forest, and then use the Link an Existing GPO option to link it to the site.

Information about functional differences

  • Your server might function differently based on the version and edition of the operating system that is installed, your account permissions, and your menu settings. For more information, see Viewing Help on the Web.

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