Active directory - group policy and multiple OUs

Currently we have all our users in one AD OU. There are no staff with specific requirement to have power user/admin rights /special access on their machine. We also don't have any applications that require the user to have admin rights in order for it to run. So the few group policies that we have in place works across the board for all staff in all departments. But now the director is asking that we think about creating Departmental OU's for the staff. I don't think there is a need for it as it creates more work for no reason. Is it good practice to have departmental OUs?
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Will SzymkowskiSenior Solution ArchitectCommented:
It is a best practice to break out your users/computers into different departments so that you have the flexibility to apply Policyes to specific users and or computers. You may not have a need right now to do this but ensuring that you have proper structure in place will help you facilite these requests/requirements in the future.

So i would say yes there is benefit to doing this. Put the work in now and going forward change will be much easier.

Mohammed KhawajaManager - Infrastructure:  Information TechnologyCommented:
It is a very good practice as you will be ready if a need arises for creating GPOs, Dynamic Distribution Lists (if using Exchange), or applying security policies.  It also makes administration and navigation easier (i.e. trying to modify an account will be easier as you can find items easier in a smaller list).
+1 to this as well. As the company grows it will be much more easier to manage then having a flat OU. It is more work in the short term, but in the long run it will help. Just make sure you take your time to plan your AD.
Mohammed KhawajaManager - Infrastructure:  Information TechnologyCommented:
Another thing you could do with OU is delegation where you can assign the manager for the OU to be able to disable accounts.  This is used in some organizations where it is the managers' job to disable account for employees that have left or let go.  Then IT is informed to ensure data is backed up, etc. and asset management policies/procedures are followed.

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iamuserAuthor Commented:
Thanks for all the help
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