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group policy

we setup a test windows server 2008, and are experimenting with group policy. we don't want to edit the default group policy, but would like to have a test policy that is linked to an OU. But we are having a hard time figuring it out.
How could we link an OU to a group policy?
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dmwynneCommented:
I would start hear if you are just beginning with group policy.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windowsserver/bb310732.aspx

In its simplest steps you create a new Group Policy using the Group Policy Mgmt in admin tools, when you create the policy it asks if you want to link it to an OU which you can do then or if you want to do it later just go to the OU in the GP Mgmt, right click and choose link an existing...
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kola12Commented:
You can use Group Policy Management Console - see http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc732979.aspx
And link Policy to selected OU.
Or You can create securuty group, add new serwer as a member of this group.
In GPO remove authenticated users and add new group whitch you created.
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Will SzymkowskiSenior Solution ArchitectCommented:
High level steps are below...
- open gpmc.msc
- Create a new GPO
- Give it a name
- Edit the GPO
- Select the properties that you want to enable or disable
- Set the Security Filtering with the appropriate users/computers "this part is especially import as you need to be cognisant of the policy's you are enabling Computer or User Policies"
- Link the gpo to whatever OU you want to test with
- Login to the machine with the appropriate user which you setup for security filtering "or computer"


To see if the policy has been applied to the machine do the following...
- from the client machine run rsop.msc
- right click on computer config or user config "which ever one you enabled"
- You will then see on the General Tab which policies that have been applied you should see yours in there

make sure that after the policy has been applied to the OU you need to run gpupdate /force and or reboot the machine. Most computer policies need to be rebooted but User Policies just need to be refreshed "unless it is a login script policy. in that case you need to logout and log back in"

Remember that you cannot modify the Password Policy from a policy other than Default Domain Policy. If you want to do this you will need to use PSO which is a feature in Windows 2008 and up.

Will.
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JeffBeallAuthor Commented:
"Link the gpo to whatever OU you want to test with"

that is the part that we can't find. Where do you link the GPO to an OU?
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dmwynneCommented:
On the server open Group Policy Mgmt Console from the admin tools folder.

In the Group Policy Management Console (GPMC) console tree, locate the site, domain, or organizational unit (OU) to which you want to link a Group Policy object (GPO)

Do one of the following:

To link an existing GPO, right-click the domain or OU within the domain, and then click Link an Existing GPO . In the Select GPO dialog box, click the GPO that you want to link, and then click OK .

To link a new GPO, right-click the domain or OU within a domain, and then click Create a GPO in this domain, and link it here . In the Name box, type a name for the new GPO, and then click OK .


http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc732979.aspx
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Will SzymkowskiSenior Solution ArchitectCommented:
Yes, in the GPMC.msc console. Just link the GPO to the OU. Do not create a GPO on an OU.

Will.
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JeffBeallAuthor Commented:
thank you for the help.
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