How to Modify Domain Group Policies


Modifying domain group policies is a necessity for all Network Administrators. By performing this task you can increase your network security. You can also prevent users in your group from accessing harmful content. Setting up these policies can also prevent other abuses of the network. Modifications can prevent your employees from wasting company time by surfing the web instead of being productive.

  • Log into your administrator account on your Windows Server console. Click "Active Directory Users and Computers" found in the Administrative Tools Menu. The Active Directory Users and Computers dialog box will now load.

  • Select the listing for the domain you wish to modify by right clicking it in the list underneath "Active Directory Users and Computers." Scroll down and select "Properties."

  • Select the "Group Policy" tab on the Properties dialog box. Select the group policy listing that you want to modify, then select "Edit." If you haven't already created group policies other than the Default Domain Policy you should create a new policy. To do this select "New" on the Properties dialog box. Then select "Edit." The Group Policy Object Editor dialog box will now load on your screen.

  • Choose the domain group policy listed under Settings to be modify. A dialog box will load for that setting. Select one of the options listed on the Settings tab. Options are "Enable," "Not Configured," and "Disable."

    Before you select "OK," to make this change permanent select the "Explain" tab. Within the Explain tab, you are told exactly what happens to your domain group policy and what users it affects. If the effects of this modification is acceptable, select "OK," to make the change permanent. Continue these steps for all domain group policies to be modified.

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