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My Domain Controller is a Windows Standard without Hyper-V SP2.  I am trying to set up a password polciy through Group Policy.  For some reason or another it is not applying the Group Policy.  I have rebooted the server and force a gpupdate. My environment is a Terminal Server.  I was setting the password polciy in the Default Doman Policy.  The pollicy is set at the domain level and at the OU.  I am not sure if some of the issue is the version of the OS installed.
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You mention that you are not sure if an issue is the OS..... what mix of OS do you have?  Does it apply to one OS and not the other?
Go to the CMD prompt and type GPRESULT /R  (on windows 7, you may not see the Computer applieds - only user).  Better yet, you can go to the root of C: and run GPRESULT /H report.htm (this would dump the results into a file on the root of C: called report.htm.  Or run it from any directory but note what dir you are in.

You need to make sure that the policy is definately being applied to the OU the computer is in.  BUT - if this is a USER policy (password), and you are applying it to an OU where computers reside, you will need to enable "loopback" processing.  

Also confirm you don't have a WMI filter in place that may be setup to filter by say, 32bit/64bit applies.
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set it in the default domain controller policy
defaullt domain applies for member servers/workstations, not for the DC (where AD is located)
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by:Neil Russell
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Password policy should be set in the Default Domain Policy and nowhere else. Unless using fine grained policies this is the ONLY policy that will be used, you can NOT have multiple Group policies for password security settings.
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I will try those suggestions and get back to you.  Also, I am unable to set go in ad users and computers.  Any reason why I do not get that tab.
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This helped me to figure out what GPO's had not been applying.  The issue was with there was password policy set at the local policy level and through GPO.  Once I changed this the policy set.
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