Chapter 12. Designing Organization-Wide Group Policies

This chapter takes an in-depth look at Group Policy Objects (GPOs), focusing on how to structure your Active Directory effectively using Organizational Units and groups so that you can make the best use of the GPOs required in your organization.

Using GPOs to Help Design the Organizational Unit Structure

In Chapter 10, we described the design of the Active Directory Organizational Unit hierarchy. We also explained that other items have a bearing on that design. You see, there are two key design issues that affect the structure of your Organizational Units: permissions delegation and GPO placement. If you decide that your Active Directory is to be managed centrally rather than in a distributed fashion and that you will employ only a few GPOs that will be implemented mostly domain-wide (rather than many GPOs on many Organizational Units), your Organizational Unit structure can be almost any way that you want it to be. It shouldn’t make much difference whether you have 400 branches coming off the root or one container with every item inside it. However, if permissions over specific objects do need to be delegated to specific sets of administrators, it will make more sense to structure your domain Organizational Units in a manner that facilitates that administration. This doesn’t have to be the case, but it makes it much easier to use Organizational Units.

For example, if we have 1,000 users and 10 managers who each manage 100 users, ...

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