Open or Add and Open a Group Policy Object

Updated: November 19, 2008

Applies To: Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista

By default, the Group Policy Management Console (GPMC) is installed on computers running Windows Server 2008 when the Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) server role is installed. The procedure that follows describes how to open the GPMC on your domain controller running Windows Server 2008. The procedure then describes how to either open an existing domain-level Group Policy object (GPO) for editing, or create a new domain GPO and open it for editing.

Membership in Domain Admins, or equivalent, is the minimum required to perform this procedure.

  1. On your domain controller running Windows Server 2008, click Start, point to Administrative Tools, and then click Group Policy Management. The Group Policy Management Console opens.

  2. In the left pane, double-click your forest. For example, double-click Forest: example.com.

  3. In the left pane, double-click Domains, and then double-click the domain for which you want to manage a Group Policy object. For example, double-click example.com.

  4. Do one of the following:

    • To open an existing Domain Policy for editing, double click the domain that contains the Group Policy object that you want to manage, right-click the domain policy you want to manage, and then click Edit.

    • To create a new Group Policy object and open for editing, right-click the domain in which you want to create a new Group Policy object, and then click Create a GPO in this domain, and link it here.

      In New GPO, in Name, type a name for the new Group Policy object, and then click OK.

      Right-click your new Group Policy object, and then click Edit. Group Policy Management Editor opens.

      ImportantImportant
      When you configure settings in a new GPO, client computers must be restarted to obtain the configuration settings that are specified within that GPO.

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