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Adding domain groups using GPOs

Is there a way to add local or domain user accounts or groups to built-in local groups? I want to add the local NT Authority Interactive group to the Network Configuration Operators group but do not want to visit each PC. I know I could run a script, but GPOs are ever so much more flexible.
You may be able to do so using the Restricted Groups policy. However, when you do so it will supersede any group membership done on the local level. Check out information on using restricted groups. You can also use Windows 2000 restricted groups, but you must be running at least Service Pack 4 on Windows 2000 in order to add domain groups to local groups. Use caution when developing this policy. Be sure to test it in a test domain and/or create a unique test OU and GPO for that OU to test this activity.
This was first published in April 2005

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