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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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Group Policy Design Considerations

A well-considered Group Policy design is essential to a stable and successful Active Directory infrastructure. When you design your Group Policy infrastructure and deploy GPOs, you must consider more than just the settings in the GPOs. Because Group Policy is an integral part of every Active Directory domain, you must also consider its interaction with all of the networks, computers, and services related to Active Directory.

The most important consideration is the design of Active Directory itself. Many facets of Active Directory design affect Group Policy, so your Group Policy design should be integrated into every step of your Active Directory design process. If you don’t consider Group Policy when you design ...

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