Would you like to learn how to create a group policy to configure the Powershell execution policy? In this tutorial, we will show you how to configure the Powershell execution policy using a GPO.

• Windows 2012 R2
• Windows 2016
• Windows 2019
• Windows 10
• Windows 7

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The following section presents the list of equipment used to create this tutorial.

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Tutorial GPO - Configure the PowerShell execution policy

On the domain controller, open the group policy management tool.

Windows 2012 - Group Policy Management

Create a new group policy.

Windows 2012 - Group Policy Objects

Enter a name for the new group policy.

Windows - Add GPO

In our example, the new GPO was named: MY-GPO.

On the Group Policy Management screen, expand the folder named Group Policy Objects.

Right-click your new Group Policy Object and select the Edit option.

Windows - Edit GPO

On the group policy editor screen, expand the Computer configuration folder and locate the following item.

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Access the folder named Windows Powershell.

GPO - Powershell execution policy

Enable the option named Turn on script execution.

Select the desired Powershell execution policy.

GPO - Powershell execution policy configuration

In our example, we selected the option to Allow local scripts and remote signed scripts.

To save the group policy configuration, you need to close the Group Policy editor.

Congratulations! You have finished the GPO creation.

Tutorial GPO - Powershell execution policy

On the Group policy management screen, you need to right-click the Organizational Unit desired and select the option to link an existent GPO.

Windows-2012-Applocker application

In our example, we are going to link the group policy named MY-GPO to the root of the domain.

GPO- tutorial linking

After applying the GPO you need to wait for 10 or 20 minutes.

During this time the GPO will be replicated to other domain controllers.

On a remote computer, try to change the Powershell execution policy.

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The GPO configuration will not allow the user to change the PowerShell execution policy.

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In our example, we enabled the execution of local Powershell scripts on all domain computers using a GPO.