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Omit domain computer from WSUS/AD policy preventing access to windowsupdate.com

Posted on 2007-12-04
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I have one user on my network who requires access to windowsupdate.com. Our network policy currently prevents user access to this site as we use WSUS3. This user however does need regular access to windowsupdate.com for testing purposes. I have added the workstation to a ad container with disabled windows update properties and enforced the gpo but the user still cannot access the site? Can anyone offer any advice?
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Check the order in which the GPO's are being processed. If the policy which disables access to Windows update is being processed AFTER the policy that permits access then the user will be denied access/

You could block inheiritance of GPO's for the container where this particular PC is located, and then apply your policy which allows access
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by:SimonBrook
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Hi, Thanks for your comment.

The WSUS policy is at the top of the domain tree, unenforced. The policy created/linked for the container in which I have placed his machine has an enforced policy. Therefore I would presume it would take presedence over the previous?
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Unfortunately I'm not currently working on a AD system at the moment so I can't confirm your question until I get home. As far as I know , enforcing a policy only means it can;t be blocked, but it doesn't mean it will take precedence over other, non-enforced policies.
If you don't already have it, download the Resultant Set of Policies tool from Microsoft and you will be able to check what setting is being enforced.

Another thought I've had is whether the blocking of access is a user or a computer setting. If it's a user setting then your users account will need to be in the container, not the machine.
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by:SimonBrook
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Hi There,

It is a computer policy and I have replicated and run gpupdate from the client.

I am downloading the tool now. Thanks.
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by:SimonBrook
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I have manged to resolve it. I was using the wrong GPO.

I needed to be using the user GPO and the setting titled "Remove links and access to Windows Update". I created a new container for him and policy and set that to disabled. worked a treat. enforced it to make sure it took presendence over the higher GPO disabling access to the site.

thanks for the nudge in the right direction.
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