Add an Active Directory User Group to Local Admins via GPO

In this post I’ll be creating an Active Directory Group and will be adding it to the local administrators group via GPO.

I will assume that you have a group in AD created. So let’s…

Create the Group Policy Object (GPO)

Open the “Group Policy Management” console.

At the Group Policy Management console, expand your Forest and Domain, right-click on the OU where the policy is to be applied and select “Create a GPO in this domain, and Link it here…”.

Give it a name. I chose “LocalADMs”.

Add an Active Directory User Group to Local Admins via GPO

Right-click the GPO and choose “Edit”.

Add an Active Directory User Group to Local Admins via GPO

Expand “Computer Configuration\Policies\Windows Settings\Security Settings”. Right-Click and select “Add Group…”

Add an Active Directory User Group to Local Admins via GPO

Click “Browse…”, select the “Administrators” group and press “OK.

Add an Active Directory User Group to Local Admins via GPO

Click on “Add…”, browse and select the security group you have created before. Mine is called “LocalADMs”. Press “OK”.

Add an Active Directory User Group to Local Admins via GPO

And that’s it!

Test that the policy is working by opening the local administrators group at one of your workstations.

Add an Active Directory User Group to Local Admins via GPO

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