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Re: Windoze GPO Question
From: "Steve Armstrong" <stevearmstrong () logicallysecure com>
Date: Mon, 10 Nov 2008 22:07:47 +0000

Gpo's are always applied - otherwise the client could undo security and other features when away from the DC. Remember they are not connected to the domain, but they are still part of it.

Try making an ou for laptop users that have permissions to apply other dhcp settings.

Plus they should not be logging into 'this computer'. It will mess up their settings. If you have remote connectivity you still want users logging into the domain, and this will also allow them to use domain resourses remotely without having to sign on again.

Having users operating with local accounts on laptops is bad as these are not subject to domain password policy etc as this is defined on the local system. This usually means users can have blank passwords it the same ones for years - neither if which are good.

Remember gpo's are for both the machine and the user. Until the machine is removed from the domain, domain gpo's will be applied. This is regardless of the users status (domain or local).

But that's all windows (note spelling) domain/active directory basics - not really doze!

Steve Armstrong

Technical Security Director
Logically Secure

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(sent from a mobile device, so please excuse any typos)

On 10 Nov 2008, at 21:33, "Jon Kibler" <Jon.Kibler () aset com> wrote:

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This may be slightly off topic, but I have a question about GPO scope.

I have a client that has a bunch of sales people who have laptops. When they come into their office, they login to the domain. When they are on
the road, they login to 'this computer.'

The problem that the client is seeing has left me scratching my head
about how GP works. What is happening is the client has recently set
some new group policies that do things like specify which name servers
and other network resources a given OU is to use. Now, when these
laptops are taken on the road and the user tries to get Internet access, it fails. Why? Because the GPO settings are overriding the DHCP settings
on 'this computer'.

What I don't understand is why DOMAIN OU GPOs are being applied outside the scope of the domain. If you are not logging into the domain, why are
the domain GPOs in effect? This doesn't make sense. Has my client
somehow misconfigured AD?


Jon Kibler
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