Using site-linked GPOs

by Mitch Tulloch [Published on 7 July 2009 / Last Updated on 6 March 2009]

Group Policy Objects can be linked to domains, OUs and sites, but when might you want link a GPO to a site?

Since Active Directory sites are defined by networking settings (subnets), you will generally only want to use site-linked GPOs to configure network-related policy settings for computers at the site.

Some examples of policy settings that might be configured in a site-linked GPO include:

  • Wireless networking policies
  • Public-key security policies
  • Internet Explorer proxy server configuration policies

The Author — Mitch Tulloch

Mitch Tulloch is a widely recognized expert on Windows administration, networking, and security. He has been repeatedly awarded Most Valuable Professional (MVP) status by Microsoft for his outstanding contributions in supporting users who deploy and use Microsoft platforms, products and solutions. Mitch has published over two hundred articles on different IT websites and magazines, and he has written or contributed to almost two dozen books and is lead author for the Windows 7 Resource Kit from Microsoft Press. For more information, see .

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