Configure Group Policy domain controller selection

This policy setting determines which domain controller the Group Policy Object Editor snap-in uses.

If you enable this setting, you can which domain controller is used according to these options:

"Use the Primary Domain Controller" indicates that the Group Policy Object Editor snap-in reads and writes changes to the domain controller designated as the PDC Operations Master for the domain.

"Inherit from Active Directory Snap-ins" indicates that the Group Policy Object Editor snap-in reads and writes changes to the domain controller that Active Directory Users and Computers or Active Directory Sites and Services snap-ins use.

"Use any available domain controller" indicates that the Group Policy Object Editor snap-in can read and write changes to any available domain controller.

If you disable this setting or do not configure it, the Group Policy Object Editor snap-in uses the domain controller designated as the PDC Operations Master for the domain.

Note: To change the PDC Operations Master for a domain, in Active Directory Users and Computers, right-click a domain, and then click "Operations Masters."

Supported on: At least Windows 2000
When Group Policy Object Editor is selecting a domain controller to use, it should:


  1. Use the Primary Domain Controller
    Registry HiveHKEY_CURRENT_USER
    Registry PathSoftware\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Group Policy Editor
    Value NameDCOption
    Value TypeREG_DWORD
    Value1
  2. Inherit from Active Directory Snap-ins
    Registry HiveHKEY_CURRENT_USER
    Registry PathSoftware\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Group Policy Editor
    Value NameDCOption
    Value TypeREG_DWORD
    Value2
  3. Use any available domain controller
    Registry HiveHKEY_CURRENT_USER
    Registry PathSoftware\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Group Policy Editor
    Value NameDCOption
    Value TypeREG_DWORD
    Value3


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