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Setting Group Policies for TSWEB Users

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I am running TSWEB on Server 2000, I need to set group policies without locking out the administrator.  Is there another way other then creating an OU Group Policy in AD?(Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 278295.)  This way I need to create logon accounts for Temtinal Server users.  
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TSWEB uses Terminal Services, so you can either create a Local Policy or use a Group Policy in AD.

A local policy will apply to the local system and everyone who logs into it, Administrator included.

A group policy will apply to only those people who you want it to, depending on where you place it in the tree.

My advice?  Forget the local policy and/or registry changes to lock down the system, because your Administrator will get this applied as well.  Create an OU in Active Directory, stick your server in the OU, create a GPO on the OU with your restrictions.  Then place your Domain Admin account in an OU underneath that one and block policy inheritance.
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A local policy will be overwriten by the domain policies.
In order to apply the restrictions to all users logging to the server you can do the following:

1. create a group policy and specify your settings
2.in computer configuration, specify "Group policy loopback policy processing" to Replace mode ... this will cause the computer to apply the user settings disregarding previous policies applying to that user
3. go to the security tab and give permissions  to Read & Apply GPO to the computer account of your server
4. for the domain admins group specify "Deny apply GPO"

This way you will have the GPO applied only to the server, and only to the users logging to the server, with the exceptions of domain administrators
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pretxt is right, that's a better way of doing it.
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