How to reduce group policy problems

Using group policies can sometimes bring very unexpected problems. Here are some tips you can use to reduce the complexity of solving these problems.

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Group Policy Difficulty

Undoubtedly, using Group Policy can bring many useful additions to the manageability of your network. However, since over time you will begin to use group policies more and more, the structure of the objects of your group policies will inevitably become difficult to analyze. This also means that you will inevitably have to solve the problems associated with group policy since we all know that everything cannot work correctly forever. There are a few things to keep in mind when creating a GPO that will help ease the work in the presence of problems.

Be careful when delegating authority over GPO to other users or groups. After all, it is just by chance to give the wrong user or group the right to change the GPO to which they should not have access.
Minimize the use of block inheritance (block inheritance), “do not override” options (no override), and filtering features of GPOs. These things are intended only for use as a workaround when there is no other way out. Indeed, in the process of solving GPO problems, it is very easy to forget that one of the above functions was used.
Use the “Group Policy Management Console“. GPMC is a free tool from Microsoft designed solely for the purpose of better understanding and interacting with Group Policy structures. If you are going to do anything with a GPO, perform all your functions from this utility.
Use descriptive names. Although you can start with just a few GPOs, their number can grow significantly. This means that you should always use descriptive names. If you have multiple points of presence or network segments to which these policies apply, add the prefix to the GPO names.
One of the biggest benefits of group policies is the ability to invest them in multiple OUs. Remember that the more complex the structure of your group policies, the more likely you are to lose some kind of policy.

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