Difference between Local Computer and User and Local Computer Policy

Discussion in 'Active Directory' started by tshad, Nov 21, 2005.

  1. tshad

    tshad Guest

    What is the difference between the Local Computer and User from the Computer
    Management Icon and the Local Computer Policy from the Group Policy Object

    I noticed that some of the entries from the Group Policy Object Editor don't
    seem to work and other do.


    tshad, Nov 21, 2005
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  2. tshad

    Neil Ruston Guest


    I'm not sure I follow what it is that you're comparing.

    Are you trying to compare entries in the local GPO vs something else? or
    users in the local SAM vs users in AD? or something else again??

    Neil Ruston, Nov 21, 2005
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  3. tshad

    tshad Guest

    I'm not sure, either.

    What I am confused on is that I was told that you have to have active
    directory installed to use GPOs? Otherwise, you could only Local User and
    Groups to handle Policies.

    But apparently, you can use the Group Policy Object Editor to handle
    settings for the Computer and Users such as, policies to control Terminal
    Server ("Always show desktop on connection", for example). Or "run these
    programs at user logon" in the Computer section.

    I know you can create OUs to handle groups of people, but how does that
    compare with using Groups in the Local Users and Groups under Computer


    tshad, Nov 22, 2005
  4. tshad

    Neil Ruston Guest

    Ok, I understand (more) now.

    AD allows for GPOs to be applied to OUs, with or without group and/or WMI
    filters. Without AD you are limited to applying a local GPO to a machine (and
    its users).

    In the latter case, you cannot use groups to filter the OU application.

    I guess the remaining question is 'what are you trying to achieve?'

    Neil Ruston, Nov 23, 2005
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