Group Policy

What Does Group Policy Mean?

Group Policy (GP) is a tool in Microsoft Windows NT networking systems for controlling user status and activities on a particular network’s computers. Through the Active Directory, Group Policy applications set standards for different types of user events and user settings.

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Techopedia Explains Group Policy

Part of the task of setting Group Policy involves relaying that policy to individual computers or network components. This is done through a system of policy refreshes that distribute Group Policy across a network. Different types of Group Policy include local Group Policy, site-wide Group Policy, Group Policy applied to a domain, and Group Policy applied to an organizational unit.

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