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Local Group Policies

Two different types of policies can be applied to Windows systems and Windows system user accounts: local group policies and Active Directory group policies. Local group policies exist on all Windows systems, but Active Directory group policies are only available in an Active Directory forest. Until the release of Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008, servers and workstations could contain and apply only a single local computer and user policy. This policy contained the settings that could be applied to the local computer and the user objects to control the security and configuration settings.

In many environments, usually due to legacy or line-of-business application requirements, end users were frequently granted local Administrators group membership on workstations and essentially excluded from the application of many security settings applied by both the local and group policies. End users with local Administrators group membership have the ability to override settings and make configuration changes that could compromise the security, or more frequently, reduce the reliability of the system.


  

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