I am trying to use the GroupPolicy PowerShell module to manipulate and read local group policy settings on a standalone Windows 2012R2 server.

When I try to execute the Get-GPOReport cmdlet:

Get-GPOReport -All -ReportType Xml

I get the following error:

Get-GPOReport : Current security context is not associated with an Active Directory domain or forest. At line:1 char:1
+ Get-GPOReport -ReportType Xml -all
+ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
+ CategoryInfo : NotSpecified: (:) [Get-GPOReport], ActiveDirectoryOperationException
+ FullyQualifiedErrorId : System.DirectoryServices.ActiveDirectory.ActiveDirectoryOperationException,Microsoft.GroupPolicy.Commands.GetGpoReportCommand

I've also tried specifying my server name as well:

Get-GPOReport -ReportType Xml -all -server devserver01

But I get the same error.

I am logged in as Administrator on this server whilst running these commands. I also have the Group Policy Management Console installed which is a pre-requisite.

The error message:

Current security context is not associated with an Active Directory domain or forest.

Suggests I should be logged in as a Domain user, but as I mentioned this is a standalone server that is not part of an AD domain.

Is it not possible to use the GroupPolicy module cmdlets on a standalone server?

  • I'm confused. If there's no AD domain, then what Group Policies do you expect to interface with? What are you actually trying to accomplish? – techie007 May 9 '14 at 12:55
  • I want to read and change local group policy settings, i.e. settings configured via the gpedit.msc MMC snap-in. – Kev May 9 '14 at 12:57

Group Policy may seem synonymous with Local Security Policy and often in IT we talk this way. Similar to saying Kleenex for any tissue.

Unfortunately, it's a little off. When Microsoft refers to Group Policy Objects they mean just that...a group setting or a setting that could be applied to a group of objects.

So when Technet refers to GPOs, they mean it in the context of a domain, and not a single local security policy.

So unfortunately, NO you won't be able to use the GPO cmdlets on a standalone server.

  • So...back to secedit or registry hacking with procmon to see what gets changed when using gpedit.msc then? – Kev May 9 '14 at 13:01
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    Yeah secedit basically, and policy auditing. You could try something like: Netwrix Change Notifier for Active Directory but I've never used it, so I don't even know if it'll report properly on a LSP but it says it will. – TheCleaner May 9 '14 at 13:10
  • +1 Not to mention, without AD, you've no Active Directory Web Services for the Powershell cmdlets to talk to, so... – jscott May 9 '14 at 14:02

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