Windows® Group Policy Settings
Information on the Group Policy and the processing order of its settings in Windows
The Group Policy is a superior feature of the Windows NT family of Operating Systems from Microsoft Corporation. The Group Policy feature is available with your earlier Windows NT release to the latest Windows 7 OS. The Group Policy determines and helps in managing different working atmosphere of user accounts and computer accounts. The Group Policy gives you a federal administration and configuration of Operating System, various programs and different user settings. The administration and the configuration of the group policy are done in an Active Directory environment. The Group Policy actually governs what a user can do and what he cannot do in his computer. Group Policy is most common with small organizations, schools, small business and enterprise environments. The Group Policy can be used to restrict certain tasks in particular sphere of environments that are likely to create potential issues in such environments. With your Group Policy, you can restrict the access to the Task Manager, certain folders, restrict downloading of files that are executable and so on. The Group Policy Editor is a tool in your Operating System. This tool helps you to set file access privileges to user account created in your system.
The processing order of Group Policy settings in Windows are:
- Local Group Policy objects
Local Group Policy objects
The Local Group Policy objects are of the first priority for the Group Policy setting in your Windows computer. Each system has precisely one Group Policy object. The Group Policy of each computer is stored locally. This will be applicable to any settings in your system’s local policy that is accessed from your Run Command prompt with the gpedit.msc command.
The next in priority in the Group Policy settings is the site. The computer processes any group policies that are applied to the site and the system is presently in. If more than one policy is linked to a site, the Group Policy settings are enforced on account to the order set by the administrator by making use of the Linked Group Policy tab. The policies that are processed last have the highest precedence and comes with the lowest link order.
The group policies that are of the domain level are processed after the site. Just as before, if more than one policy is linked to a domain, the group policy settings are enforced on account to the order set by the administrator by making use of the Linked Group Policy tab. The policy that is processed last have the highest precedence and come with the lowest link order.
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