Group Policy WMI filters were introduced with Windows XP, and are supported in Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, and Windows Server 2008. They are not supported in Windows 2000, so if you have an all-2000 environment you’re out of luck (10 years is a long time to go without upgrading.
You can use WMI filters to add a decision on when to apply a given group policy. This can be very useful when users or computers are located in a relatively flat structure instead of specific OU’s, for example. Filters can also help when you need to apply certain policies based on server roles, operating system version, network configuration, or other criteria. Windows evaluates these filters in the following order of overall Group Policy Processing:
- Policies in hierarchy are located.
- WMI Filters are checked.
- Security settings are checked.
- Finally, once everything has ‘passed’, a policy is applied.