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Chapter 6.3. Group Policies > Introduction to Group Policies

Introduction to Group Policies

Group Policies are the rules by which the environment is configured. They are created and replicated throughout a Domain. A Group Policy Object (GPO) is made up of two distinct physical pieces: a Group Policy container and a Group Policy template. Together, these two pieces provide all information regarding the settings of a Group Policy object. The application of the GPO on objects within the hierarchy of Active Directory is the foundation of the reasoning process for a functionally effective GPO design. We already know that the processing order is top-to-bottom within the AD hierarchy, but the options within that processing order are much more granular.

Creating Group Policies

Two group policies are created and linked to containers in your hierarchy by default. They are creatively called the Default Domain Policy and the Default Domain Controller's Policy, and are each linked to the Domain container and the Domain Controller's OU container, respectively. To generate your own GPOs, you need to be logged on with the appropriate account. The default permissions allow Enterprise Administrators and Domain Admins total control over Group Policy settings. The following steps walk you through creating a Group Policy object:


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