group policy settings applying when not configured
Posted on 2007-12-05
I've recently taken on a job managing an windows 2003 active directory environment and I've encountered something I think is a bit odd. When I log on as the domain administrator account it appears to be massively locked down in that the desktop and taskbar is locked and only Programs and Log Off appears in the start menu. This occurs when I create any new account and I can only disable the restrictions if I create a group policy in an OU and disable these settings. But I don't understand where these restrictions are coming from because these settings are not configured in the domain policy. So I can't do much for the administrator account because this is in the Users container which is not an OU. Am I mssing something obvious here? Is this normal behaviour? When I use RSoP and GPMC all these settings are not configured. I've even created a new OU, blocked inheritance, created a computer account and a user account and still the restrictions apply!