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Microsoft® Windows® Group Policy Guide by William R. Stanek, Derek Melber, Darren Mar-Elia, The Microsoft Group Policy Team

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Creating and Linking GPOs

As discussed previously, the GPMC allows you to create and link GPOs as separate operations or as a single operation on a selected domain, site, or OU. You can, for example, create a GPO without linking it to any domain, site, or OU. You can also create a GPO for a selected domain or OU and have the GPO linked automatically to that domain or OU. With sites, the only way to create and link a GPO is to do so with separate operations.

How you create GPOs is a matter of preference. There is no right or wrong way. Some administrators prefer to create a GPO first and then link it to a domain, site, or OU. Other administrators prefer to create a GPO and have it linked automatically to a specific domain, site, or OU. However, ...

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