How to Exclude a User or Computer from Group Policy Object

When you apply a group policy on a container or OU, it applies to all users or computers in that container. However, you can exclude a single or multiple users or containers from the policy applied. This tutorial is written to show you how to exclude a single user from a group policy object.

Exclude a user from group policy object

Step 1. Open server manager dashboard. Click Tools -> Group policy management

Step 2. In the group policy management editor, open the group policy object you want to apply an exception on (Located in Group Policy Objects).

Step 3. Click Delegation tab -> Advanced

Delegation advanced settings

Step 4. Click Add and choose the user whom you want to exclude from group policy enforcement.

Step 5. Choose the user you entered in step 4.

Step 6. Locate Apply group policy in permissions and checkmark deny.

Apply policy and group permissions

Step 7. Click Apply and then OK.

Step 8. Link the group policy to a container or OU (If you haven't done already).

Step 9. Execute the command:


on the command prompt.

11 thoughts on “How to Exclude a User or Computer from Group Policy Object”

  1. I think it just works on user configuration, my problem is computer configuration. is there any way to exclude one or some computers in a UO from the policies that made just for computer configuration?

    • When you get the box to select the object, by default Computer accounts are not valid targets. You have to press the “Object Types…” button and add Computers as an option.

  2. Perfect!!! I have been doing wrong for a long time because no one else bothered to show me the correct way. Thank you for writing this!

  3. Hello, thank you for this article, it is really good. I linked the policy to a OU and I have another policy there, mapping drives. The person that I Excludet with Deny had his home drive locket. Does the policy with the Deny have affect on other policys that is on the OU ?

  4. I have a situation where there are many GPOs at the root of AD. I created an OU and blocked inheritance, then I added the WSUS GPO only. I added the exclusion for 2 computers to the wsus GPO. When I run a gpresults report for one of those hosts, the report shows the GPO was applied , and then GPO was denied.

    Is this normal? I would think it would just be denied.


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