Join Martin Guidry for an in-depth discussion in this video Troubleshooting Group Policy, part of Windows 10: Administration.
- In this section, we're going to talk about troubleshooting Group Policy in Windows 10. If you have some Group Policy that isn't being applied the way you expect, the first thing you probably want to do is to reboot, because some elements of Group Policy are only processed once during the initial boot cycle. So go ahead and reboot. If things are still behaving peculiar, there's an easy way to get significantly more information about what's going on. And that is using a tool called GPResult.
It is a command line tool, so I'm going to open up a command prompt, and I'll type in "gpresult", then "/H", which tells the machine I want to create the report in HTML, and I'll need to give it a file name. You can use whatever file name you want. I'll call mine GPReport.html. And we run that, and fairly quickly, it completes.
So now it should have created a file called GPReport. If I do a dir command, I will see it there, GPReport.html. And if I want to look at it, all I have to do is type in the name. So I'll type in "GPReport.html", and the report will be opened in my default web browser. My report may look a little different than yours. My machine is on a domain that has several Group Policy objects applied, so my report may have more detail than yours does.
But I can show you some high points. As we scroll down, we'll see the Applied GPOs. And one of them was the Local Group Policy. So the Local Group Policy I created in the previous demonstration was applied, and that is good. In that Group Policy, we had changed a setting in the Administrative Templates to hide the Recycle Bin icon. Let's see if we can find that. So we'll look under Settings, Policies, Administrative Templates, I'll click on "show", and that was a desktop setting, so I'll click on "show" next to Desktop, and about the fifth one down, we see Remove Recycle Bin icon from desktop.
And that was put in by Local Group Policy. So that is as expected. Notice this last column here is called Winning GPO. Whenever we have the same policy set in multiple GPOs, the machine has to decide which setting to use, and which setting to ignore. The setting that is used is called the Winning GPO. Domain GPOs will win out over Local GPOs.
But in my particular scenario, there was no domain GPO that said anything about the Recycle Bin icon, so there was no conflict between that and the Local GPO. You can scroll through this report to get additional information, but again, the GPResults tool gives us excellent information about Domain Group Policies and Local Group Policies.
Martin first reviews the various editions of both the desktop and mobile versions of Windows 10. This section covers the special features included with the Enterprise edition, and the hardware requirements for some of the new Windows 10 features. Martin also explains installing and updating drivers and configuring and optimizing the OS, including system properties and power options. Then it's a deep dive into Group Policy, including working with local groups, configuring preferences, and troubleshooting Group Policy. Martin also looks at Windows security—authentication and encryption—as well as the boot process, and concludes the course with a brief look at virtualization, networking, and backup and recovery.
- Understanding the different versions of Windows 10
- Installing and updating drivers
- Administering multitasking
- Working with Windows Group Policy
- Adding domain users and accounts to a Windows 10 PC
- Administering BitLocker and EFS
- Understanding the boot process
- Installing Client Hyper-V for Windows virtualization
- Managing Windows Firewall
- Backing up and restoring Windows 10
- Troubleshooting Windows 10