Group Policy Processing Sequence In Windows Server 2016

Group Policy Processing Sequence In Windows Server 2016

In this blog post, I’ll explain about the Group Policy Processing Sequence In Windows Server 2016 and to make sure your Group Policies apply correctly.

To get started, it’s important to know that 90% of Group Policy Issues are happening because GPOs are not applied correctly.

Functioning of Group Policy Order on Windows Server 2016:

Once you understand the processing order it will be easier for you to apply, remove and troubleshoot Group Policies In your Active Directory infrastructure.

To get started, the main application levels In Group Policy are Domain, Site OU and below I’ll explain more about each one.

Group Policy Processing Sequence In Windows Server 2016
Group Policy Processing Sequence In Windows Server 2016

Domain

The Domain Level GPOs are the first to be applied to Users and Computer.

Here you will apply general Domain-wide policies that you wish all users and computer to have

Site

Next In line In the application process are Site GPOs, if you have multiple Sites In your organization you can apply Site-specific GPOs here.

Using GPO on sites Is very handy when users are located In multiple sites

OU

The last one, In the processing order and where everyone gets it wrong, Is OU level GPOs, Here you will apply GPOs for Users or Computers In specific OUs.

This Is where you need to watch the order or all the GPO In the Link Order

Link Order

Using the left hand up and down signs you can set the application order, however, most Admins get this wrong and they get Into trouble.

Make sure, you go over the list of GPOs that are In the OU and make sure they are not overwriting one another.

Link Order Is where you want to start troubleshooting your GPOs Issues. In case your GPOs are not working.

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