Introducing the Group Policy Snap-in

For defining and controlling how various components of Windows 2000 behaves for users and computers, Group Policy is used. Group Policy is a Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-in that allows you to manage the behavior of programs, network resources, and the operating system.


Under Windows NT 4.0, the System Policy Editor creates and edits system policies. While this editor is supplied in Windows 2000, its use is limited to supporting downlevel clients. Since it creates Windows NT 4.0-style system policy files, you still need it to support NT domains. Additionally, it’s useful if you have Windows NT 4.0, 95, or 98 clients in your AD domains.

Adding the Group Policy Snap-in

To add the Group Policy snap-in to the MMC, run mmc.exe. From the Console menu in the MMC, choose Add/Remove Snap-in. Click the Add button on the Standalone tab and select Group Policy from the list of snap-ins provided. You’re then required to choose a Group Policy Object to edit. Remember that group policy objects can be stored locally on a computer or can be linked to an Active Directory organizational unit, domain, or site. The Select Group Policy Object dialog defaults to the local computer as the target GPO but allows you to browse through domains, OUs, sites, and computers to select the GPO you’re interested in editing.

Once you’ve decided on a GPO, click the Finish button and close the list of provided snap-ins. If everything went well, you’re back on the Standalone ...

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