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Script or Group Policy or Installation File

What is a better best practice when it comes to choosing to use Group Policy, Scripts, or installation package set-up?

For example, I can use the IEAK toolkit to set-up my default Internet Explorer or configure thru Group Policy certain settings.  If I have the option to do either, which is a better best practice or is it strictly administrator preference?
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Robert Mohr
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McKnifeCommented:
It depends on what parameters we take to define "best result".
Do we need to log?
Do we need to make everything ready to be rolled back at any time?
Should these settings be applied at once or at next reboot/logon?

It depends. May I ask why you ask?
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Robert MohrAuthor Commented:
We are making some changes which include a more robust Group Policy.
We have used scripts and .msi packages but with Server 2008 R2 we want to take advantage of the more robust Group Policy.

We do need logs and simple ways to roll back so it sounds like Group Policy is the way to go?
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McKnifeCommented:
We cannot tell without having more examples.
What should be called "robust"?
Some examples of settings you are deploying, please and how you solved it so far and which questions arose.
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Robert MohrAuthor Commented:
At this point I think it's whatever works best for our environment.
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McKnifeCommented:
Depends on what you do - if you need advice, we need to get detailed.
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Robert MohrAuthor Commented:
We are reviewing Group Policy and I think we won't know until we get into specific situations.
Your answer helps confirm that it is on a case by case situation.
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