Allowing single Computer to override Group Policy

Within a single AD Domain we have a single User/Computer that needs to be able to override or change (and not have a policy change back) settings that have been set with GP Policies and Preferences. I would prefer to have this set on the Computer Object rather than the User.
All computers are currently in single OU, and can use a separate OU if that is the best practice.
What is the best practice in allowing a User to administer various settings like Power Options or IE settings after the network wide settings have been applied once?
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Nagendra Pratap SinghDesktop Applications SpecialistCommented:
Put that computer in security group like groupoverridefirewallGPO.

On that GPO, deny the read permissions to this group. This computer will not be able to read the GPO and cannot  apply it.
FlippAuthor Commented:
But I want the settings to be applied then allow the User to change if they choose. I know GPP allows this but not all settings are preferences.
FlippAuthor Commented:
I don;t want to start managing two sets of policies if can be avoided.
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Will SzymkowskiSenior Solution ArchitectCommented:
The best way to accomplish this is the following.
- Create a sub OU under your current one that you are using
- Move the computer and or user into this OU
- Open Group Policy Management Console (gpmc.msc)
- Right click on the OU and select Blocked Inheritance

Using Deny is a very bad method/practice as it is the highest comitting ACL. It also make it difficult as well when trying to identify what policies have Deny enabled. You would have to check everyone manually, if you have a lot of GPO's this would not be good.

However Blocked Inheritance would be a better alternative as it is easily recognizable in Group Policy Management Console showing a blue (!) on the OU's where they are applied.

But I want the settings to be applied then allow the User to change if they choose. I know GPP allows this but not all settings are preferences.

You have to remember that if you do not put the User in this OU as well Policys will apply to the User based on what OU they are located in.

Also make sure that you use Blocked Inheritance wisely as well.

That is my recommendation.


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FlippAuthor Commented:
Thanks Will - but when it comes to 'apply once and let user modify' requirement, is it correct that I would still need to create a separate OU with separate GPOs and use preferences to achieve?

I have advised client about administration overhead on this requirement so they understand what is required initially and going forward, but am curious how we can still achieve as I can see that management teams would like more control.
Will SzymkowskiSenior Solution ArchitectCommented:
Yes you still need to create the sub OU and move the computer object to it.

FlippAuthor Commented:
Sorry for delay :)
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