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Hi guys,

How does it work we create an OU add computers in this OU but the policy linked to this OU are not being applied to the Computers....why not??
we always have to create a group and add this computer to the group before the GPO applies.... any idea??

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by:dagger3d
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Check you Default Domain policy for inheritance settings. it ma be taking over anything below that.
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by:agbor1960
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so if i create a computer in this OU why do i have to add this computer into a group again??

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by:_Jochen_
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i think that is normal behavior. You always need a container object where can put in a object like a computer. The OU is not a container, isn´t it.
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by:agbor1960
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ok, so i can't just crate an object like computer or user in an OU and link the GPOs to this OU??...

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by:_Jochen_
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yes, I think so.
It´s alway the best strategy to create Folders and put the different objects (Computers, Users, Printer, ...) into the folders.
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by:wjc7662
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Your computer can be located in an OU without group attachment.  Actually, Group Policy Objects linked to any container will not apply to security or distribution groups located under that container.  Since you are attempting to apply the GPO specifically to a computer, you need to make sure that the computer object has sufficient permissions to read AND apply that GPO.  Those permissions are applied on the security tab of the GPO.
I believe your problem is that GPOs typically apply to User objects that have already permissions assigned.  Then when the user logs onto a specific computer, the computer configuration is applied to the computer.
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by:agbor1960
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So, i could apply the GPOs to the OU.... but i rightclick the OU then Properties then chose the GPO and then take properties... or how do i give the apply and read permission to all the computers in this OU???

Thats my point....is it not to create a group and add each computer to that group??

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by:wjc7662
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by default, all computers that are members of the domain are added to the Domain Computers group.  You can use this group in you Access Control List instead of typing each computer in individually.  Since the GPO only applies to objects below it, the fact that you give read and apply permissions to all Domain Computers is not an issue
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by:agbor1960
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I know that, beside all the computers are not supposed to have the same GPO...and i also think that if you have crated
an OU with a couple of computers you must create the GPO and the GPO group to be able to filter the GPO ..... i just want to know if it is like this... or if i can create an OU and link a GPO
to that OU and do nothing more...meaning that all computer in that OU should get the GPO without groups--
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by:wjc7662
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Yes, a computer in a specific OU should automatically receive policies that are linked to its OU.
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by:agbor1960
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But i my case it's not like that.... i created an OU and then created computers in it... then created a couple of GPOs link them to the OU but...it always apply to the Authenticated users but i have only
computers in this OU...does it mean the only possibility i have is to create a group and populate it with computers???

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by:wjc7662
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Well, you wouldn't have to create a group, you can just use the domain computers group.  This won't make the policy apply to the entire group, it will just allow domain computers that are in the OU to read & apply.  It appears, at lest in server 03, that the only computers with any permissions to GPOs are Enterprise Domain Controllers.
If I'm not answering your question, I apologize.  I guess I'm not fully understanding.
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by:agbor1960
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i think you are answering well though.... so this means i create a policy link it the an OU and then just use the domain computers group i mean assign them read apply?? if it's what you meant...
could please give a link of this explanation??? maybe microsoft...
so how about if i don't want all the computers in this OU to get the all GPO??

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If you don't want all the computers in the OU to get the GPO you can either create a group with the computers you don't want to receive the policy and then Deny them Apply permissions or you could create a sub-OU and tell it to Block Policy Inheritance.
Try this Link regarding GPO Properties, including filtering:  http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;322176#3
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by:agbor1960
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Ok i will check that out and then i will get back to you.... thanks a lot for the quick responses....

Cheers for now,
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