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A Group Policy Object is a component of Group Policy that can be used as a resource in Microsoft systems to control user accounts and user activity. The Group Policy Object is implemented in an Active Directory system according to various Group Policy settings including local settings, site-wide settings, domain-level settings and settings applied to organizational units.
For example, a Group Policy Object can include settings for password strength that require users to set a consistently strong password. The Group Policy Object gets delivered through a system of policy refresh and applies to all relevant computers and systems. A Group Policy Management Console provides a single portal from which to control and change Group Policy.