Preventing processing of local Group Policy

by Mitch Tulloch [Published on 28 Jan. 2009 / Last Updated on 14 Nov. 2008]

In Windows Vista and later you can prevent the processing of local Group Policy by configuring—guess what—a Group Policy setting!

In Windows Vista and later you can prevent the processing of local Group Policy by configuring the following Group Policy setting:

Computer Configuration\Policies\Administrative Templates\System\Group Policy\Turn Off Local Group Policy Object Processing

When this policy is enabled, Group Policy processing will follow SDOU (site-domain-OU) instead of LSDOU (LGPO-site-domain-OU).

Note: Don't enable this policy within an LGPO on a standalone computer (belonging to a workgroup) as it won't be honored.

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The Author — Mitch Tulloch

Mitch Tulloch is a well-known expert on Windows Server administration and cloud computing technologies. He has published over a thousand articles on information technology topics and has written, contributed to or been series editor for over 50 books.

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