Configure security policy settings

Applies to

  • Windows 10

Describes steps to configure a security policy setting on the local device, on a domain-joined device, and on a domain controller.

You must have Administrators rights on the local device, or you must have the appropriate permissions to update a Group Policy Object (GPO) on the domain controller to perform these procedures.

When a local setting is inaccessible, it indicates that a GPO currently controls that setting.

To configure a setting using the Local Security Policy console

  1. To open Local Security Policy, on the Start screen, type secpol.msc, and then press ENTER.
  2. Under Security Settings of the console tree, do one of the following:

    • Click Account Policies to edit the Password Policy or Account Lockout Policy.
    • Click Local Policies to edit an Audit Policy, a User Rights Assignment, or Security Options.
  3. When you find the policy setting in the details pane, double-click the security policy that you want to modify.

  4. Modify the security policy setting, and then click OK.

    Note

    • Some security policy settings require that the device be restarted before the setting takes effect.
    • Any change to the user rights assignment for an account becomes effective the next time the owner of the account logs on.

To configure a security policy setting using the Local Group Policy Editor console

You must have the appropriate permissions to install and use the Microsoft Management Console (MMC), and to update a Group Policy Object (GPO) on the domain controller to perform these procedures.

  1. Open the Local Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc).
  2. In the console tree, click Computer Configuration, click Windows Settings, and then click Security Settings.
  3. Do one of the following:

    • Click Account Policies to edit the Password Policy or Account Lockout Policy.
    • Click Local Policies to edit an Audit Policy, a User Rights Assignment, or Security Options.
  4. In the details pane, double-click the security policy setting that you want to modify.

    Note

    If this security policy has not yet been defined, select the Define these policy settings check box.

  5. Modify the security policy setting, and then click OK.

Note

If you want to configure security settings for many devices on your network, you can use the Group Policy Management Console.

To configure a setting for a domain controller

The following procedure describes how to configure a security policy setting for only a domain controller (from the domain controller).

  1. To open the domain controller security policy, in the console tree, locate GroupPolicyObject [ComputerName] Policy, click Computer Configuration, click Windows Settings, and then click Security Settings.
  2. Do one of the following:

    • Double-click Account Policies to edit the Password Policy, Account Lockout Policy, or Kerberos Policy.
    • Click Local Policies to edit the Audit Policy, a User Rights Assignment, or Security Options.
  3. In the details pane, double-click the security policy that you want to modify.

    Note

    If this security policy has not yet been defined, select the Define these policy settings check box.

  4. Modify the security policy setting, and then click OK.

Important

  • Always test a newly created policy in a test organizational unit before you apply it to your network.
  • When you change a security setting through a GPO and click OK, that setting will take effect the next time you refresh the settings.