Create a GPO that is processed based on the location of the Computer object (Loopback Processing mode)

I must have missed the ban wagon on this nice little GPO feature. I kind of ran into it by accident this morning.

Sometimes it would be nice to setup a policy that runs a printer script, or in my case changes the timing on a screen saver based on the location of the computer and not the user within Active directory.

The setting your looking for is under: Computer Settings -> Administrative Template -> System -> Group Policy -> “User Group Policy loopback processing mode”

Here you have two settings:

Replace: This completely ignores the processing of GPO’s based on the user location, and just processes the policies based on the computers location.

Merge: This processes all the policies based on the user location first, then overrides these settings with any changes based on the computers location.

The below link explaines this in more detail, I hope someone finds this as helpful as I found it.

reference:

http://grouppolicy.editme.com/Loopback

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About Paul Cardelli, CISSP
Cyber Security Analyst, and computer guru

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