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how to fixed restricted groups in group policy on server 2008??

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we are running server 2008 domain and we need to apply restricted groups to our computers.  we are running an XP/windows 7 enviornment.  when we configure restricted groups in the policy it is overwritting any thing we manually put onto the local users and computers.  

for example if i add domain admins to the computer manually it saves and then when the group policy runs it overwrites that entry.  how do i stop this??
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This behaviour is by design.The only chance to change this is to greate a group within active directory and configure resticted groups to add this group to other gorups, then it keeps local configured settings.If you set the members of a group by restricted groups these settings are enforced every time the GPO is applied.
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by:amoos
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ok.  then can you give me an example of what policy i would have to make for this?
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by:meagain35
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Server 2008, this policy should allow you to "Update" the group.

Computer configuration\Preferences\Control Panel Settings\Local Users and Groups

The "Administrators (built-in)" should be added to the list with the "Update" action selected.

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by:amoos
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sadfully that is what i have been doing but it is overwritting the entries that are made manually.
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by:SGrossmann
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http://www.windowsecurity.com/articles/Using-Restricted-Groups.htmlthis is a small guide.The idea would be e.g. you want to add UserA UserB and UserC to PowerUsers of specific computers and you added UserD and UserE localy to this group.Create a Group called e.g. GRP_PowerUser_Clients add UserA, UserB and UserC to this group.Now create a GPO a restricted group.The group to restrict is GRP_PowerUser_Clients and set "This group is member of" BUILTIN\PowerUser
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by:amoos
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great link but for some reason the policy is still over writting the groups we manually put in.
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by:SGrossmann
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did you wait until the gpo change was replicated to all Domain Controllers?
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by:amoos
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yes
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by:meagain35
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Can you confirm your GPO path is:
Computer Configuration\Preferences\Control Panel Settings\Local Users and Groups

and not

Computer Configuration\Policies\Windows Settings\Restricted Groups

I also use this policy and do not have this issue of overwriting on gp refreshes. There is a difference between the two. But I use the GPO in Preferences to accomplish.
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by:SGrossmann
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The solution from megain is another option never used it yet but it should work as described.--Did you remove the old policy befor adding the new on with the group is member of insted member of group?
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by:amoos
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i am currently using both.  
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by:amoos
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this is a completely new policy
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by:SGrossmann
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both restricted groups? Is Member of and Members or GPO and GPP?If you are using both, the Restricted group "Members of group" is enforced
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Computer Configuration\Preferences\Control Panel Settings\Local Users and Groups

and

Computer Configuration\Policies\Windows Settings\Restricted Groups
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by:meagain35
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Ah.. well that would explain the conflict... Get rid of the

Computer Configuration\Policies\Windows Settings\Restricted Groups

as this would have preference over the other.

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by:SGrossmann
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If you are using a "Members of Group" resticted group anywhere for the group you're testing this will enforce this setting.
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by:amoos
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i must be doing something really wrong because it is still overwritting users that we put in manually
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by:meagain35
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run a gpresult /V on the machine and verify that the other policy is not still being applied.... depending on your environment, you may need to wait or force replication on your dc's to be positive.

a gpresult will show you whats being applied to be sure.

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when i run the gpresult and then the rsop  it shows that the restricted groups have a red "X" next to them
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this is only on windows 7  the groups go through fine and do not overwrite on the XP machines
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by:SGrossmann
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try to reboot the windows 7 machine.If you still have problems enable debug logging for gpo processinghttp://www.gilham.org/Blog/Lists/Posts/Post.aspx?List=aab85845%2D88d2%2D4091%2D8088%2Da6bbce0a4304&ID=353
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we have rebooted the machines and still get the same result.    i will enable debugging and post again soon
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