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I am reading your question about group policies. You title is vague, your first paragraph doesn't tell me what the problem is. You vaguely mention two group policies which may be conflicting, but your question would probably be far more readable if you assigned names to them for the question. It would have helped if you described your OU structure, or at least an OU structure exactly like the domain you are having problems on.
As an example, I would re-write your group policy question like this:
I have two policies which are supposed to modify the setting, and the
they do not seem to be proccessed the way I believe they should.
The two policies control the the visibility of the administrative
tools on the start menu setting.
- Applies to Domain Admins, and nothing else
- Linked at the root only
- Link order position = 1
- Applies to Authenticated Users
- Linked at the root only
- Link order position = 2
There is no loopback processing, policies are not enforced, and
inheritence is not blocked.
When gpupdate is run as an administror... the Administrative Tools
link does not show on the Start Menu. If it is manually turned on,
it is removed again at GP refresh. Checking Group Policy results on a
machine shows shows three GPO applications, in the following
sequence: first the Authenticated Users GPO, then the Domain Admins
GPO, then the Authenticated Users GPO again.
!! might put a picture here of the picture here of the gpresults
output, or the eventlog messages !!
Can anyone explain why the Authenticated Users GPO would apply last,
even though it has already been applied and the link order seems to
suggest that the show tools policie should take precedence? How do I
use group policies to display the admin tools for admins, and hide
them for everyone else?