Using Group Policy

You might need to be logged on as an administrator or a member of the Administrators group in order to perform some tasks.

Group Policy is the administrator's primary tool for defining and controlling how programs, network resources, and the operating system behave for users and computers in an organization.

In an Active Directory environment, Group Policy is applied to users or computers on the basis of their membership in sites, domains, or organizational units.

Administrators can manage the Group Policy components listed in the table below.


Administrative Templates

Set registry-based policy.

Security Settings

Configure security for domains, computers, and users.

Software Installation

Assigns or publishes programs to users who should have them.


Specify scripts for user logon and logoff and computer startup and shutdown.

Folder Redirection

Places special folders, such as My Documents, on the network.

You must be an administrator to add Group Policy to a Microsoft Management Console (MMC) and to use Group Policy in a saved console.

You can also open a snap-in or use MMC. For more information, click Related Topics.

Using the Microsoft Management Console

Using administrative tools in Microsoft Management Console

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