Local policy versus Group Policy

in the past (before i had AD) i configured local (xp service pack 2) firewall policies on xp laptops using gpedit.msc

now these laptops are members of AD and pick up Group Policy.

1) do the local firewall settings on the laptops override the group policy settings?
2) without remotely accessing each laptop and changing the settings to "Not Configured", is there a way I can force the Group Policy settings to override the local settings?

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Hi naifyboy123,

a Group policy will always override a local policy

rule of thum is last policy applied wins

ie   local    default domain    OU then any sub OU's   the last policy applied is the OU and that takes precedence

if local says deny and Group policy says allow   -  allow wins


you can set your group policy and from the client run a gpupdate /force and the policy settings will take over from the DC


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naifyboy123Author Commented:
ok jay_jay70 thanks....

For example if i have a local firewall setting of:

Allow Remote Desktop Exception
Enabled      (where means allow that network)

and the Group Policy

Allow Remote Desktop Exception
*       (where * mean any network)

which one will be applied?

thanks again
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the group policy will be applied and take precedence

once you are in a domain environment you should be touchng the local policy on machines :)

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naifyboy123Author Commented:
ok - one more -

when the laptop is remote and offline (I.E not connected to the network)

which policy will apply?
will the domain group policy be cached and get applied or will the local policy be applied?


your correct   the domain policy is cached and the settings hold :)
naifyboy123Author Commented:
cool - thanks very much

no worries mate

all the best
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