March 14, 2011, 8:43 a.m.
posted by jin
Group Policy is obviously a very powerful system administration tool. When applied cautiously, a GPO can streamline repetitive tasks such as individually setting the rights of every user in an OU. It can also be used to assign and publish common applications. Despite many strengths, group policies can also cause real user and system problems. If a GPO is improperly constructed or assigned, it could have a ripple effect through all child objects and user accounts.
Our advice is to experiment with group policies in a very narrowly defined arena. Once you understand the impact of the GPO on your test environment, you can expand as required. Again, caution is important when using group policies.