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Lock down stand-alone Windows machines with Multiple Local Group Policy

Bill Detwiler shows you how to create user-specific Group Policy configurations on Windows 7 and Vista with Multiple Local Group Policy.

Windows XP's Local Group Policy is a handy way to create specific desktop configurations on stand-alone or workgroup systems. It doesn't however, let you create user-specific configurations, which can be helpful on machines used by multiple users.

Luckily, Microsoft introduced a feature in Windows 7 and Vista that does. The Multiple Local Group Policy allows you to create different policies for different users. During this week's TR Dojo episode, I explain how the Multiple Local Group Policy system works and show you what it can do.

Check out the following TR Dojo episodes for more Group Policy tips and tricks:

For those who prefer text to video, click the View Transcript link below the video player window or check out Greg Shultz's article, "Explore the benefits of the Multiple Local Group Policy feature in Windows 7," on which this video is based.

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Bill Detwiler is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop supp...

4 comments
DvT-Hex
DvT-Hex

PC = Personal Computer "Personal" means "mine, not yours." Multiple users on a single machine? ROFLMFAO! At my job we have this mulitple users share PCs nonsense. Worse, the computers are all under the control of a corporate IT department that is based 500 miles away and staffed by people who have never done the work that we do and make policies based upon what they "think" they know about our jobs and what they think we should and should not be able to do with the computers. Share a computer that is under my control? Never!

pmbdst
pmbdst

The 'not configured' & 'enable' would seem to facilitate same permission. what is different benefits from either?

Bill Detwiler
Bill Detwiler

In this week's TR Dojo episode, I show you how to create user-specific Group Policy configurations on Windows 7 and Vista with Multiple Local Group Policy. Available in Windows 7 and Vista, Multiple Local Group Policy allows you to create different policies for different users--a handy trick when you're trying to secure stand-alone computers used by multiple people. Do you currently use Windows' Multiple Local Group Policy feature or would you consider using it in the future? Let me know. Original post and poll: http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/itdojo/lock-down-stand-alone-windows-machines-with-multiple-local-group-policy/2692

RetiredEngineer
RetiredEngineer

Your article may need an example or two to sink in. The problem I've had in mind lately is how to configure so different users can each use their different (preferred) Internet Browsers. Is this something do-able?