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I created a group policy to restrict a particular group of users from web email, such as yahoo, aol, hotmail.  The policy somehow trickled to other users and computers.
I removed and deleted the policy but alot of my users are still restricted from web email, few computers allow web email access but most of them restrict it.  How can I undo this?
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by:trywaredk
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Policy is done through Organisational Units (OU) in Active Directory

If you want to activate a special set of policies to certain group of computers or users, you should create a new OU for this group, and move the certain group of user or computers objects to this OU, and create the policy on this new OU

Domain Security Policy in Windows 2000
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;221930

Troubleshooting Group Policy in Windows 2000
http://www.microsoft.com/windows2000/techinfo/howitworks/management/gptshoot.asp

Local Group Policy Settings Do Not Take Effect
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;220862

Gpotool.exe: Group Policy Verification Tool
http://www.microsoft.com/windows2000/techinfo/reskit/tools/existing/gpotool-o.asp

Does windows2000 has security monitoring to know if somebody's overriding my group policy (GPO):
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Security/Win_Security/Q_20606772.html

Using Secedit.exe to Force Group Policy (GPO) to Be Applied Again in Windows 2000:
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;227448

Gpupdate - Refreshes local and Active Directory-based Group Policy settings in Windows XP
http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/windows/xp/all/proddocs/en-us/refrgp.mspx

Refresh policy from windows 2000 server:
1. Start / Run
2. CMD / ENTER
3. SECEDIT /REFRESHPOLICY MACHINE_POLICY /ENFORCE
4. SECEDIT /REFRESHPOLICY USER_POLICY /ENFORCE
5. EXIT

Many Regards
Jorgen Malmgren
IT-Supervisor
Denmark

:o) Your brain is like a parachute. It works best when it's open
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HOW TO: Restrict Users from Running Specific Windows Programs in Windows 2000
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=323525

Description of the Software Restriction Policies in Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;310791

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rsop.msc - HOW TO: Install and Use Resultant Set of Policy Logging in Windows Server 2003
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;323276

rsop.msc - How to Use Resultant Set of Policy Logging in Windows 2003 Server:
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;312321

Group Policy Results - Displays information about the Group Policy on the current computer and logged-on user.
http://www.microsoft.com/windows2000/techinfo/reskit/tools/existing/gpresult-o.asp

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by:manch03
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I do not understand why very few machines will allow web email but the majority will not.  I want web email allowed now and cannot figure how to reverse the restriction other than deleting the group policy which I did.

Thank you
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by:oBdA
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Well, how did you deny the web email access? AFAIK, there's no native GPO setting to prevent access to certain web sites; did you use a custom template file?
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by:trywaredk
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Maybe it's not a policy that's doing the restrictions ???

Cleaning your computer  - and protecting it in the future -  can't be answered with one issue.

As you can see in my url below there are at least 7 different issues, where you should decide 1 of each, or else you does'nt protect your computer at all.

The reason is, that the many different programs not always protects against each other, and each of them does'nt protect equally.

It's very important, that you study all of these issues in my knowledgebase (some of them are freeware):
http://www.tryware.dk/English/Knowledgebase/HowToProtectYourComputer.html

BTW: I'm using the Trend Micro virus-suite, and SoftScan , and haven't got any of my servers or computers infected since 1999.

Many Regards
Jorgen Malmgren
IT-Supervisor
Denmark

:o) Your brain is like a parachute. It works best when it's open
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by:manch03
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The policy was created in group policy Active Directory windows 2000 server.  Created a new policy and went to user configuration - windows settings  - internet explorer maintenance - security - security zones and content ratings -  security zones and privacy - modify settings - restricted sites - added the   aol.com   hotmail.com  yahoo.com  - and applied this  group policy to an OU.  The problem is the policy applied across the network to all OU's even though it was only applied to Middle school students.  How do I get rid of it?  I have removed the policy from the ou, but it is still restricting users across the network.
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by:manch03
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Never mind - I fixed the problem.  I created another gp and applied to all workstations across the network and then enforced the group policy refresh. It is now working.
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http://www.experts-exchange.com/Security/Win_Security/help.jsp - hi9

BTW: Does windows2000 has security monitoring to know if somebody's overriding my group policy (GPO):
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Security/Win_Security/Q_20606772.html
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