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Windows® Group Policy Administrators Pocket Consultant by William R. Stanek

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Using Default Policies

With Windows 2000 or later, you create a domain by establishing the first domain controller for that domain. This typically means logging on to a stand-alone server as a local administrator, running the Domain Controller Installation Wizard (DCPROMO), and then specifying that you want to establish a new forest or domain. When you establish the domain and the domain controller, two GPOs are created by default:

  • Default Domain Policy GPO. A GPO created for and linked to the domain within Active Directory. This GPO is used to establish baselines for a selection of policy settings that apply to all users and computers in a domain.

  • Default Domain Controllers Policy GPO. A GPO created for and linked to the Domain Controllers OU that ...

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