Re: Best location for policies
From: Steven L Umbach (n9rou_at_nospam-comcast.net)
Date: Wed, 5 Oct 2005 17:45:24 -0500
You can simply unlink a Group Policy from and OU if you do not want to apply
it to that OU anymore. I would recommend that you do not delete unused GPOs
right away [never delete default domain or domain controller GPO] as you may
want to refer to them for their settings or use them again. If after a
period of time you have unlinked them and are sure you have no need for them
then you can delete them. The links below contain more details on linking
and unlinking Group Policies. --- Steve
"Grace" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> "Jorge_de_Almeida_Pinto" <UseLinkToEmail@WindowsForumz.com> wrote in
>> "" wrote:
>> > Please advice:
>> > I have a small Windows 2000 domain: 200 users, 4 Win2k
>> > Servers, 4 Win2k3
>> > servers, 1 Exchange 5.5. I created an OU for Our Computers
>> > (had to name it
>> > differently since there already is a Computer container), with
>> > Workstations
>> > and Notebooks OUs below, and an OU for User Accounts. I have
>> > a Test OU and
>> > TSServer OU since I have a separate policy for TS users (works
>> > great BTW).
>> > At the moment, I have 2 policies: one for Our Computers OU -
>> > it has a few
>> > registry entries, security related, picked from the policy
>> > options, and a
>> > policy for User Accounts OU that locks down users. I don't
>> > have
>> > domain-level security policy (passwords, etc.) created yet.
>> > I am ready to implement Windows Update policy w/WSUS server -
>> > it works
>> > beautifully in test environment.
>> > I am not sure what's the best way to organize policies. I
>> > read somewhere
>> > that it's convenient to create a separate OU for all policies
>> > and just link
>> > them to OUs as needed. If yes, how do I disable then delete
>> > the current
>> > policies after recreating them for the new OU?
>> > Any pointers/advice from the real world greatly appreciated...
>> > Grace
>> That would be a great way if you only had windows 2000. In w2k and
>> w2k3 if you use the default group policy editor (which sucks) you need
>> to assign an OU when you create a GPO. If you use the GPMC (works with
>> wxp and w2k3) you can just create the GPO and after that link it to
>> whatever OU you want. The GPMC is VERY COOL. It provides lots of fun
>> stuff like backing up ans restoring GPOs.
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> Jorge, Steve, thanks for your advice. I will use GPMC and all should be
> fine... ;-) Now what about removing current policies if I need to
> OUs. Do I just move users and they will be fine? What about computers?