Re: Applying Custom Security Templates with GPOs

From: Steven L Umbach (
Date: 01/27/04

Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2004 23:54:23 GMT

Verify that the import worked by checking the actual settings by using
"edit" or looking at the "settings" for the GPO using GPMC. Make sure the
servers reside in a container within the scope on influence of the GPO - for
example if this GPO was configured for an Organizational Unit, then the
servers need to reside in that OU or possibly a sub OU. Verify that the new
GPO is linked to the new container and that computer policy is enabled for
it. Other than that it can take some time. Running secedit /refreshpolicy
machine_policy enforce on the domain controller where you created the GPO
and then doing the same on the servers or rebooting them can speed up
propagation. I would only use secedit or reboot one server until I was sure
that policy was propagating and it is not some other problem. Of course dns
has to be configured correctly on all domain member computers in that they
point only to AD domain controllers as their preferred dns servers. --

"cswarr" <> wrote in message
> I am trying to apply a custom security template to a group
> of servers. I have created the template and imported it
> into a new GPO. The settings in the template don't seem
> to be filtering down to the servers. I even turned on the
> No Override (or Enforce in GPMC) to try to force the
> policy with the template down. My environment is all
> Win2k Servers. Any ideas?

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