One of the main purposes of Active Directory is to manage objects. As mentioned before, AD provides a single infrastructure for the integration of the objects people interact with when using an IT infrastructure. In addition, AD provides a centralized infrastructure for the management of these objects. This infrastructure is based on Group Policy objects (GPO). A GPO is a directory object that is designed to define the way a user's computing environment appears and behaves. This includes items such as the contents of the Start Menu, icons on the desktop, ability to modify the desktop, ability to run various software products and more. GPOs can be used to manage PCs, servers, and users.
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