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When do you make Group Policy Changes?

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Jon HatfieldFlag for United States of America asked on
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Hi All,

I was recently asked several questions about Group Policy at my organization that I wasn't really prepared to answer. Here is a little back story:

The environment here has been horribly mismanaged (Imagine 900 endpoints all workgrouped with local admin rights for all users.). I recently took over the infrastructure and am in the process of getting systems into the domain. Over the past several months I've been showing my department and team the huge advantages of a domain environment they've been missing out on. Most importantly, Group Policy.

Naturally there is now a massive misunderstanding about GPOs. It's becoming the source of finger pointing even when issues are completely unrelated. My boss just asked me several questions about when GPOs are changed, what is the decision process behind it, what maintenance windows are used for rolling them out, etc. My boss is very experienced in the software industry, so I can tell she views this as some kind of software patching type scenario, when it's not.

I ended up responding stating it would be better to have a discussion about it then to attempt to describe it over email. The questions I have for the users on this site is: What are your company's policies regarding Group Policy changes? How would you answer questions like that?

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