Configure a Local User Item

Applies To: Windows Server 2008

Local User preference items allow you to centrally create, delete, and rename local users. Also, you can use this preference item to change local user passwords. Before you create a local user preference item, you should review the behavior of each type of action possible with the extension.

Creating a Local User item

To create a new Local User preference item

  1. Open the Group Policy Management Console. Right-click the Group Policy Object (GPO) that should contain the new preference item, and then click Edit.

  2. In the console tree under Computer Configuration or User Configuration, expand the Preferences folder, and then expand the Control Panel Settings folder.

  3. Right-click the Local Users and Groups node, point to New, and select Local User.

  4. In the New Local User dialog box, select an Action for Group Policy to perform. (For more information, see "Actions" in this topic.)

  5. Enter local user settings for Group Policy to configure or remove. (For more information, see "Local user settings" in this topic.)

  6. Click the Common tab and configure any options desired. (For more information, see Configure Common Options.)

  7. Click OK. The new preference item appears in the results pane.


This type of preference item provides a choice of four actions: Create, Replace, Update, and Delete. The behavior of the preference item varies with the action selected and whether a user with the same name (or, for built-in accounts, security identifier [SID]) exists.