Local policy versus Group policy

Posted on 2005-05-10
Last Modified: 2008-01-09

I work in a hospital with almost 750 Windows 2000/XP clients. On most of the computers a local computer policy is applied. Now we want to implement Group Policies on all our computers. Can somebody tell me what the impact is of the local computer policy with the Group Policies? Is there a possibility having conflicts between them? Do I need to do some manual things on de client computers before applying the Group Policy? What are your suggestions?

Thanks for the information!
Question by:trulu
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    If you will apply group policy.It will override the local policy.
    the best thing is to test it just by putting few settings in the group policy and then moving forward and with the local policy you have.
    and see the results
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    The group policy has precedence over the local policy as 'harry_cyprus' already mentioned. But that does not mean that every setting will be overwritten.
    Only if a specific setting is specified in the local policy and in a group policy, the setting will be overwritten.

    In your case I would export the local policy settings (I hope that there are not many differences on your 750 clients ;-) and import them into a group policy and create OUs for the specific settings/group of settings that need to be applied.

    And before applying the settings to all of the clients. Test the settings und if you want to start applying the settings: Apply only one group policy at once. If your users complain about something, then you know exactly where to look for...

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    JBlond, do you mean I have to go to each workstation and export de local policy settings? How can I do this? Another problem is that we work with one big group policy with more than 70 settings because we use Zenworks for Desktops 4 where you cannot add more than one group policy to a workstation.

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    No you don't have to export each workstations local policy! If you know, for exemple, that each local policies are the same for all your workstations, then only export it once.  If you already established what you group policies will be then don't even bother with it.

    The only tool for imporing/exporting that I know is the "Group Policy Management Console" from Microsoft that has a "Backup" and "import Settings" but I never tried backing up a local policy.

    Group Policy Management Console

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