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GPO's without Links but Still Filtered to Authenticated Users

Posted on 2006-06-26
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OK I think this is a simple one.

Just started a new job and am managing 3 servers.  Am documenting all the GPO's so I know what is supposed to be happening on the servers and its clients.

I noticed several GPO's that are not linked to any OUs, but under the Security Filtering Section they are set to be applied to the "Authenticated Users" group.  I ran RSOP on my client while logged on as administrator, and don't see that any of these non-linked GPOs are being applied.  Is that normal?

Is there any reason to have GPO's that have no active links but are filtered to authenticated users?  Should these GPO's be being applied to all authenticated users?  The GPOs contain both Computer and User settings.  I'm just trying to figure out why the previous Administrator set these up.

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Yes, that's normal.  

GPMC is kind of misleading.  The "filtering" you see siimply means that the Authenticated Users group will get the policy if it was linked.

It's very possible the last Admin simply unlinked them if they didn't do what he wanted.  You should be safely able to delete these.

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Yep, that's what I thought, but just wanted to make sure before I started deleting things.  Thanks.
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