Creating and Editing GPOs
Updated: April 7, 2003
Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2
A Group Policy object (GPO) is a collection of policy settings that can be applied to a given set of users and/or computers. The process of applying a GPO to a set of users and/or computers is known as “scoping the GPO”, which is described later in this white paper.
With GPMC, you can create GPOs using any of the following methods:
Right-click any domain or OU and choose Create and Link. This option simultaneously creates a new GPO and links that GPO to that domain or OU.
Right-click the Group Policy Objects node in any domain in GPMC and click New. This will create a new unlinked GPO.
Using a script. For example, GPMC includes a sample script called CreateGPO.wsf that can be run from the command line to create a new GPO.
Using any of the methods for copying GPOs. Copy operations are described later in this white paper in the section on GPO operations.
When you create a new GPO, it initially has no settings defined. To edit the settings in a GPO, use Group Policy Object Editor (known previously as the Group Policy snap-in or GPedit). You can open Group Policy Object Editor by right clicking a GPO in GPMC and selecting Edit.