Do Not Execute Group Policy for Admins Group



We have an OU that contains Windows XP computer objects. I would like
to set permissions/delegation (or whatever means necessary) on this OU
so that the group policy will only apply to a certain group of users
(ie. I would like the group policy to apply to regular users who use a
computer in that OU, but I DO NOT want the group policy to apply to
domain admins that logon to a computer in that OU). There are settings
in the computer configuration of the GPO that I do not want applied to
computers in the OU it is linked to when Domain admins log on, but I do
want them applied when regular users login.

I am using GPMC.

I have removed Authenticated Users from the security filtering and
added a group that contains non domain admin users. I ensured that

I set the delegation properties on this group so that they had the read
and apply group policy permissions. In this case the GPO would not

I tried leaving the Authenticated Users in the security filtering
field, and instead set the DENY Apply group policy permission for
Domain admins. This setting had no effect as domain admins were still
getting the GPO applied.

I have tried moving the GPO to a higher level so it sits above above
the OU's I created for my computers and users and tried the things
above again but either the GPO applies to everyone, or it doesn't
apply at all to anyone.

I have looked into the Group Policy loopback processing setting, but
unless I misunderstand it, it's intent is to change the user settings
depending on the user, not the computer configuration settings.

Any ideas on how I can get a GPO that contains computer configuration
settings, that is applied to an OU with computer objects, to NOT apply
to domain admin users when they logon to a computer in that OU?

Mark Renoden [MSFT]


I can't think of any mechanism to do this. The computer configuration part
of policy applies prior to logon and as such, is independant of the user
account. It depends only on the computer account residing in the OU
heirarchy to which the GPO is linked and permissions that provide the
computer account with read and apply.

The intent of policy loopback is to replace or merge user configuration
policy based on the location of the computer account in the AD instead of
the location of the user account in AD.

To explain loopback:

1. When the computer boots, the list of GPO's for the computer is gathered
based on it's location in the Active Directory. This is it's SOM or Scope
of Management. The list includes GPO's linked to OU's at each level in the
heirarchy from the OU in which the computer resides all the way up to the

2. The computer configuration settings from this list are applied to the
computer provided it has permissions to the GPO's.

3. When the user logs in, different behaviour occurs according to the policy
loopback settings:

A. Loopback off - the SOM for the user is calculated and then user
configuration settings applied according to user permissions. The location
of the user account in the AD decides entirely which user configuration
settings are applied.

B. Loopback merge mode - the SOM for the user is calculated as in A. The
user configuration settings from this SOM are applied but at a lower
precedence to the user configuration settings in the computer SOM. Once
again, user permissions allow or prevent application of these setting
regardless of whether they came from the user or computer SOM.

C. Loopback replace mode - the SOM for the user is not considered. The user
configuration settings are applied from the GPO's in the computer SOM
provided they have user permissions.

Kind regards
Mark Renoden [MSFT]
Windows Platform Support Team
Email: (e-mail address removed)

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