CIS256 Unit 3 Discussion Benefits of Using Group Policies with Active Directory.rtf

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Group policy is a feature of Active Directory that adds additional controls to user and computer accounts. Group policies provide centralized management and operating system configurations of a user’s computing environment. Group policies are another method of securing a user’s computer from infiltration and data breaches. Active Directory applies GPOs in the following predictable and logical order. Local policies Site policies Domain policies OU policies Advantages: Ease of management: Setting up new users on the network used to be a long and tedious process. Pre-existing GPOs apply a standardized environment to each new user and computer that joins your domain which saves many hours of configurations. One-stop administration: Sysadmins can deploy patches, software, and other updates via GPO. Password policy enforcement: Passwords can be easily brute-forced if they aren’t changed regularly, contain simple words, or are short. GPOs establish length, reuse rules, and other requirements for passwords to keep your network safe.

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