Reviewing group policy options for a user


I’m continually changing group policy options in my organization so its useful to actually test these options rather than logging on each time with a test account. Recently I found a way to do this very easily!


Start Menu >> mmc

File >> Add/Removed snap in

Pick the “Resultant set of Policy”and double click to add it.

Click “Resultant set of Policy” on the tree.

On the toolbar click >> Action >> Generate RSoP Data….

I like to use planning mode as this is live on your AD infrastructure.

Choose the AD container your user is in, then the AD container the computer is in

Then click Next for all the other screens.

Voila! You can now see any GP settings applied to any user or computer without needing to log them on!

Grabbing the User Container string from Active Directory


Ever wondered how to get the exact User Container String for your user OU in active directory? A lot of software needs this for things like single sign and such. Here’s how to do it quickly:

dsquery ou domainroot > c:\string.txt

This should give you a text file in the root of the C: drive called string.txt. Open that text file and you will see all the strings to each container. Select the correct container and copy and paste the line. Its a nice quick way of getting it I’ve found to do it accurately instead of struggling to create the link manually. Original source