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Overriding domain policy for two important boxes

I have a Domain policy on a Windows 2003 server that requires all computers to automatically download and install Windows updates, which at times automatically reboots the machines. I have a Windows 2000 server and an XP machine that I need to not automatically reboot because they are running bar code collection devices that are vital to our operation. How do I override the domain policy for these two machines so that this does not happen?

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The best way is create two GPOs with different policies. Then, additionally put the different computers into different security groups. Then, link the GPOs high-up in the structure; say, the domain or at a high OU level. Finally, remove Authenticated Users and add in just the names of the security groups that contain the computers you want affected.

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This was first published in January 2005

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