In my previous article In this article Best Practice:Active Directory Structure Guidelines – Part 1 I spoke about some of the guidelines I personally use when developing an Active Directory OU structure. In this next part I will discuss some guidelines I use when designing a Group Policy Object infrastructure.
Ideally you should make the the Active Directory OU and GPO design decision together to best ensure that you have the most efficient design possible. However if you have an existing OU structure designed a lot of these guidelines can still be applied to most existing environments.
As in Part 1 these are simply guidelines that I use and should not be taken as hard an fast rules. I quite often finding myself having to break these rules due to real world conflicts or just because one rule might conflict with the other rule. If you do find your self in a situation where you are not sure which path to take try to chose the option that will result in the least administrative effort in the long term.