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How do I apply my new default group policy?

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I'm working on a VM and have created a new active directory.  I went into group policy and created a new default domain policy.
How do I apply this group policy to my domain?
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Question by:Mary Macchioni
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by:Russ Suter
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If it's the default domain policy then any PC joined to the domain should automatically receive that policy. However it's not guaranteed to be immediate. If you need to make sure the GP is immediately active then go to the client workstation, launch a command prompt as administrator, and type "gpupdate /force". You'll probably have to logoff or reboot for the changes to take full effect.
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1st thing is to never modify the default domain policy, always create new GPO specific to a certain function/policy that you want. If you need to have it on the domain level click right click on the domain and select 'Link Existing GPO' and select your newly created policy, this is the same approach if you want to have GPO assigned to specific OU's.

Please refer to this link for more information around GPO's and Management:

https://technet.microsoft.com/en-ca/library/hh147307(v=ws.10).aspx
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by:Mary Macchioni
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Tim,

Yes.  Right now we have a default domain policy on an active server.  I'm working on a VM which doesn't have any default group policy defined.  I don't want to play with our group policy/active directory on the network. Is there a way to copy or import from our active GPO server.  How can I do that?  

So this is what I need.  Copy or whatever our current AD/GPO settings to my virtual machine.  Then when I make new policies it will only affect the computers/user on that machine.  I hope I'm making sense because I'm so confused.
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by:Mary Macchioni
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Tim,

By the way, I've created my own domain.
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by:compdigit44
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As Tim Edwards stated you cannot add or rename the Default Domain GP. AD looks for the GUID of this GP and could break thing if not present? Do you want to create a new GP for testing?
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by:Mary Macchioni
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That's what I'm doing.  I've made up a new test AD to test a new group policy.  I'm on a virtual machine with a 192.168.....  I think I'm going to have to just read up on this because it's a bit over my head.

Thank you for your assistance.
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by:compdigit44
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here are the basic's..

1) When apply a GP you need to link it to the OU / domain where the computer is in
2) make sure authenticated uses has the read and apply GP permissions which is the default for a GP

Post a screen shot of you AD structure and of what you want the GP to configure on the workstation so I can better guide you.
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