To import a security template to a Group Policy object


Perform one of these steps

IfDo this

You are on a workstation or server which is joined to a domain and you would like to import a security template for a Group Policy object

Click Start, point to Run, type mmc and click OK.

On the File menu, click Add/Remove snap-in.

In Add/Remove Snap-in, click Add, in Add Standalone Snap-in, double-click Group Policy.

In Select Group Policy Object, click Browse, browse to the policy object you would like to modify, and click Finish.

Click Close and then click OK.

You are on a domain controller and you would like to import a security template for a domain or organizational unit

Open Active Directory Users and Computers

In the console tree, right-click the domain or organizational unit you want to set Group Policy for.

Click Properties, and then click the Group Policy tab.

Click Edit to open the Group Policy object you want to edit or click New to create a new Group Policy object, and then click Edit.


In the Group Policy console tree, right-click Security Settings. 


Group Policy Object Policy > Computer Configuration > Windows Settings > Security Settings


Click Import Policy.


Click the security template you want to import and click Open.


Importing a security template to a Group Policy object ensures that any accounts to which the Group Policy object is applied will automatically receive the template's security settings when the Group Policy settings are refreshed. For domain controllers running Windows NT 4.0, you must configure the Primary Domain Controller policies to enable this replication. The security settings are applied at system start time or as the Group Policy settings dictate.

Do not import Setup security.inf to a Group Policy object.

The security settings are refreshed every 90 minutes on a workstation or server and every 5 minutes on a domain controller. The settings are also refreshed every 16 hours, whether or not there are any changes. 

Related Topics

Security setting descriptions

Open Group Policy as a stand-alone MMC snap-in

Work with Group Policy objects

Open the Group Policy snap-in

Group Policy

Apply a security template to local policy

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