Creating Group Policy

Posted on 2004-04-27
Last Modified: 2010-04-13
Need a crash course in setting up a Windows2000 system with an administrator profile that has the system "wide open" for configuring by an Administrator and a profile for the user that locks down everything.  Looking at Microsoft documents just isn't working.  I am thinking I can set up Group Policy and apply the user to a group policy but can't figure it out..  

We are on a Novell Network and have 25 Windows 2000 Computers to roll out to our production floor.  
Question by:Trygve Thayer
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What are you trying to lock down?
A GPO has over 200 settings

If you could describe what you trying to do, then we could point you in the right direction.
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adonis1976 earned 500 total points
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here are some links that might help

How do I distribute Local Group Policy to Windows 2000 clients in a non-Active Directory domain or workgroup?

Local Group Policy Objects cannot be set on a per-user basis.

How do I apply local policies to all users, except administrators, on a Windows 2000-based computer that is in a workgroup setting?

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by:Trygve Thayer
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We have user on the manufacturing floor that constantly change the display.....Mess around in control panel, change screen savers, change windows colors, etc.  I am use to policy editor (poledit) on Win95 and Win98.
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Whoops, ignore that !

Doing too many things at once.....

The links above posted by  adonis1976 will help.

Basically if you can create and OU and put the trouble machine and users in to that OU, then create a GPO to lock down the machine (GPO setting are very straight forward and easier the NT 4 policies) That'll do the trick.

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by:Trygve Thayer
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I have been working all day and about have it.  This Microsoft stuff is not as simple as it appears.  The link I have been working from was posted by adonis1976.   I was frustrated but finally realized after I logged all users in with the policy I wanted I needed to log off and back on as administrator before moving the backup policy back in place.  I was doing it all in the same session.  I don't understand how this works but am getting somewhere.  How does the system know what profile the Administrator has and what profile the user has.  I assume the users is comming from c:\winnt\system32\group Policy\user\registry.pol but where is the Administrators comming from ?
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GPO are pushed from Active directory not policy files!

You apply GPO to containers not users, groups or computers

The Don't apply GPO to the default containers (Computer and Users) but create new one (Factory) and apply the GPO to that.

Then move the users and computers you want the GPO to effect in to th new factory container.

Log out the users in the new factory container and log them back in for the GPO to work.

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by:Trygve Thayer
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I have been able to take a Windows 2000 stand-alone system and set it up so that when I login as administrator I have full rights.  When I log in as one of the other users they are now locked down so tight they have given up in only one day.  Yea!!!!!    I am awarding  adonis1976  with the points as one of the links gave me the exact information I needed.

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