GPO Link order - Win2003

Posted on 2006-05-31
Last Modified: 2012-08-14

I know that a GPO linked to an OU that has a higher link order takes precedence; however can someone tell me if this means that the GPO with the highest link order number (ie: 1) is processed last out of all GPO that apply to the objects in the OU in question..?

Question by:Nael_Shahid
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    Hi Nael_Shahid,

    it means number 1 has priority so its settings hold

    Author Comment

    I understand that but is that GPO processed last..?

    The reason I ask is I am looking to assign some software to a bunch of computers; however, before installing to main software another piece of software needs to be installed to allow the main installation.  The idea was to create 2 GPOs linked to the computers OU, assign the initial software to one GPO and the main installation to the other.  The initial software would install first (ie link order 2) and the main software last (link order 1).

    I have tested with installing the initial software from a GPO linked to a higher OU and the main software from the computers parent OU and this was fine; however I did not want to do it this way if possible.
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    hmm as far as i am aware, it is proccessed last as it hold precedence - try it and see if i am wrong!

    Author Comment

    I tested this and it worked fine.

    Thanks for your input.
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    no probs
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    This is the order that Group Policies get applied
    1. Local
    2. Site
    3. Domain
    4. OU
    5. Sub OU

    The Presedence is in reverse. (last applied is the effective policy)
    Unless another policy blocks inhereitance or explicitly denies access.


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