group policy for multiple groups

Posted on 2004-04-22
Last Modified: 2010-04-13
I have a user that is a member of two different user groups. How do I get two different group policies from two different OU's to apply to her.
Question by:bluespringsit
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Drizzt420 earned 125 total points
ID: 10892584
Can't you just link the GPO or recreate a similiar one in the users home OU? if you do not want the GPO to affect anyone in the OU but her, just edit the security settings of the GPO by going to its properties and remove all access control list entries and then add just her user account.

Author Comment

ID: 10892760
Their Home OU? I believe the user object can only belong to one OU. I'd hate to have to go into every OU that has a user that belongs to more then one User Group and create another group policy just for them. Theres got to be a bettter way to do it. (i hope)

Expert Comment

ID: 10892866
GPO's apply to user objects, not to groups.
every GPO that you need to apply to a user needs to be set above that user.
the only alternative to this is if you have specific machines where you want these users to have different settings

based on your requirements, it sounds like you have GPO's that apply to certain groups (not users)
apply all GPO's at the top level of the domain, and then restrict the ability to apply that GPO to the appropriate group
Then everyone part of that group (no matter what ou they are in) will apply the  policy, and all users that are not in that group will not apply it.

P.S.  I highly recommend GPMC for policy management.  Very helpful additions to the interface
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ID: 10893913
The group policies can only be applied to the OU or container that the user resides in. You can't apply GPO's to groups. Her group memberships should not effect what policies are applied to the Container or OU where her user account resides.

What policy wise does she need that is different in the 2 policies. The easiest solution to this may be to just move her User object to the OU that has a less restrictive policy.
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ID: 10895655
I believe it can be done with Nesting.

You can only assign GPOs to OUs and Sub OUs only.  If the user is in one group under one OU, then create another group and add the user to that group and have that group be nested in the appropriate group in the other OU.  I know you can do this across domains (so it should work across OUs).

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ID: 10902496
were you able to try applying the policies with security filtering  bluespringsit?
do you need more info on this?

Author Comment

ID: 10953236
Sorry it took so long to get back. I understand now how to nest the OU's to utilize the security settings, but I still have an issue. I am organizing active directory into OUs named after the departments. This particular lady is actually part of two departments, so she will need two different departmental drives mapped. What would you do in this case? I also have a set of internet explorer favorites that are set for one of the departments. Since you can only put a user object in one OU, and if those OU's are not nested, what would you do?

Expert Comment

ID: 10959577
(summary of comments above)
create a group for each department
create a GPO for each department
set each GPO to only apply to members of the department group
apply all GPO's at the top level of the domain

only GPO's where the user is part of the appropriate group will apply

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