What is the difference between GPO Computer Configuration and User Configuration?

Can someone please explain to me what is the difference between Group policy "Computer Settings" and "User Settings", as most of the stuff is identical.

How to decide where to apply settings?

Some specific rules I should abide when setting GPOs?

Thanks.
mrmutAsked:
Who is Participating?
I wear a lot of hats...

"The solutions and answers provided on Experts Exchange have been extremely helpful to me over the last few years. I wear a lot of hats - Developer, Database Administrator, Help Desk, etc., so I know a lot of things but not a lot about one thing. Experts Exchange gives me answers from people who do know a lot about one thing, in a easy to use platform." -Todd S.

DTAHARLEVCommented:
you create an OU, which may have computers under it, or users. You then assign a Group Policy to the OU. It will apply to everything under it, using computer settings to computers under it and user settings to users under it. for example, if you have a policy to set user jdoe's wallpaper to "\\server\share\image.bmp", this will take effect on all machines jdoe logs on to.

If you have a computer policy set to not allow USB devices, anyone who logs on to this machine -- jdoe or anyone else -- won't be able to do it.

What if they conflict? Well, the way by which they're determined is pretty complex, including OUs, Sites, and so on. I'd start here:

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/techinfo/overview/gpintro.mspx

0

Experts Exchange Solution brought to you by

Your issues matter to us.

Facing a tech roadblock? Get the help and guidance you need from experienced professionals who care. Ask your question anytime, anywhere, with no hassle.

Start your 7-day free trial
mrmutAuthor Commented:
Thanks!
0
It's more than this solution.Get answers and train to solve all your tech problems - anytime, anywhere.Try it for free Edge Out The Competitionfor your dream job with proven skills and certifications.Get started today Stand Outas the employee with proven skills.Start learning today for free Move Your Career Forwardwith certification training in the latest technologies.Start your trial today
Active Directory

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.

Question has a verified solution.

Are you are experiencing a similar issue? Get a personalized answer when you ask a related question.

Have a better answer? Share it in a comment.