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Windows 7: Group Policy - Apply to a Specific User or Group


18 Mar 2011   #9
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 
Group Policy - Apply to a Specific User or Group

How to Apply Local Group Policies to a Specific User or Group in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8

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31 Jan 2012   #10
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Pallipe, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Just by setting the policy in the MMC, it will be applied to that user automatically until manually changed. The MSC from step 10 is to just to make it easy to be able to change or make more policy settings to be applied for that specific user instead of starting over again.

Hope this helps,
Shawn


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19 Apr 2012   #11
pallipe

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Yes that helps, thanks.

Now I am wondering how to disable a group policy object, or delete one. Something strange has happened where all but 2 settings I changed have gone back to "not configured" status, yet the policy as I had it still seems to be applying to that user profile. I am using Windows 7 Pro. Any ideas? Thanks!
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19 Apr 2012   #12
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Pallipe,

Is this in the same MMC that was created for the specific user, and not in the usual Group Policy (gpedit.msc)?
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04 Sep 2012   #13
droptical

Windows 7 Enterprise 32bit
 
 
Using a custom group

I am trying to use your tutorial to set the "Restrict Internet communications" policy to a large group of local users (150+), but as mentioned above I cannot use my custom group. Can you add more detail to using the Local Security Policy to accomplish this?

I went ahead and used the "non-Administrators" group as a test, but it seems to have no effect.

Thanks for your help.
Andy

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello Ruud, and welcome to Seven Forums.

It appears that new custom groups are not available to be selected for this.

You could create one per specific user of the group, or use Local Security Policy in Local Policies -> User Rights Assignment to add and set for a custom new group.
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04 Sep 2012   #14
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Andy, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Yeah, it stinks, but you can only apply it to specific users and not to a custom group.

Is this custom group of users also members of the administrators group as well? If so, then the "non-Administrators" group would not be applied to them.
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05 Sep 2012   #15
droptical

Windows 7 Enterprise 32bit
 
 

Brink,

Thank you for the reply. Yes it does stink. Oh well, what can you do.

Yes, I think the non-administrators should work, but it turns out that the "Restrict Internet communications" policy isn't quite restrictive enough for what I'm trying to do. Back to the drawing board.

Thanks again.

Andy

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello Andy, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Yeah, it stinks, but you can only apply it to specific users and not to a custom group.

Is this custom group of users also members of the administrators group as well? If so, then the "non-Administrators" group would not be applied to them.
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05 Sep 2012   #16
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Well, only 150+ users to add.
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25 Jun 2013   #17
monadh

windows 7 32 bit
 
 
apply group policy to multiple computers

hey,

this post was exceptionally helpful to me. many thanks.

please forgive me if this question makes no sense. i am a teacher come tech coordinator at a high school - so this is new to me and i have very little experience.

my first goal was to apply a group policy to a "student user" on the computer in order to limit personalization, access to control panel, etc., which with your help, i've done successfully.

my second goal is to apply these same group policy to all the other 30 laptops in the cart.

i know i can make a copy of the msc and install it on the adminstrators' desktop of a second computer but how do i actually link it to the student user on the second computer so that the msc actually applies?

again, sorry if this makes no sense.

thanks,

chandler
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25 Jun 2013   #18
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Chandler, and welcome to Seven Forums.

I believe that it's not possible to apply a local group policy across multiple computers. The laptops would have to all be members of the same domain to be able to apply a group policy across all of them instead.

If they are just local PCs, then you may need to set the policy on each one.
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25 Jun 2013   #19
Shadowjk

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1 ; Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard
 
 

In addition, the only time the policy would be applied for a local user on another machine is if the username and password was exactly the same on all machines.

For example to apply the group policy object that can be copied the credentials applied for the original user would need to be the same. If you setup a policy for the user - STUDENT with a password of : P@55word - then to apply it to other machines they must have a user with the exact same username and password. This 'fools' the machine in believing the user account is the same as the one that the policy is applied to.

Note   Note
The user account must have a password otherwise this will not work


Similar to creating custom share permissions in a peer to peer network.

Hope This Helps,
Josh!
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