Fast Guide: The ABCs of GPOs

You can use Group Policy Objects (GPOs) to control almost every aspect of your computing environment. This guide breaks down the basics of GPOs, and offers helpful tips for managing them and keeping them secure.


You can use Group Policy Objects (GPOs) to control almost every aspect of your computing environment. This guide breaks down the basics of GPOs, and offers helpful tips for managing them and keeping them secure. We'll be updating this page from time to time, so be sure to come back often to see what's new. Also, don't forget to drop us a line and let us know what else you'd like to see included in this guide.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS
   GPO basics
   Managing your GPOs
   Security and problem resolution
   Questions for our experts

  GPO basics  Return to Table of Contents
  • What's new with status GPOs?
    Determining the effective GPO status can be daunting until you know about these simple shortcuts.
  • A rundown on GPOs
    Expert Laura E. Hunter gives a reader a quick overview of how Group Policy objects are applied.
  • Chapter of the Week: 'Group Policy Objects (GPOs)'
    Need help managing or troubleshooting your GPOs? Then this chapter is for you. Get ready for an extensive run-down of various GPO-related problems and hands-on solutions to everything from GPO backup issues to applying stubborn GPO security filters.
  • "Active Directory Field Guide," Chapter 4, 'Deploying Group Policy'
    You can use Group Policy Objects (GPOs) to control almost every aspect of your computing environment, from creating a consistent desktop configuration, to securing your systems, to deploying and managing software across anything from a home office to a large enterprise.
  • Understanding the GPC for Group Policy
    Understanding the structure of object and object properties is an important part of dealing with Group Policy issues. Expert Derek Melber clarifies the responsibilities of the Group Policy Container (GPC).
  • Understanding GPT Replication
    It's important to know that Group Policy Objects are split into two parts: the Group Policy Template and the Group Policy Container. Expert Derek Melber gives an overview of the GPT and breaks down the replication process.
  • The effects of GPO version numbers on Group Policy replication
    The relationship of the version numbers for the Group Policy Template and Group Policy Console of each GPO are important for proper Group Policy replication. Expert Derek Melber discusses this relationship and explains why the numbers don't always add up.

  Managing your GPOs  Return to Table of Contents

  Security and problem resolution  Return to Table of Contents

  Questions for our experts  Return to Table of Contents

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This was first published in April 2006

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