In the event you’re not on Twitter, don’t subscribe to any newsletters from Microsoft, were on vacation, or just generally live under a rock, you might have missed that Microsoft TechEd North America was last week. I had the opportunity to attend this year for the first time and I’m still trying to process the sheer amount of knowledge that was presented to me in the sessions I attended. The good news is that if you didn’t get to attend, Microsoft has made recordings of many of the sessions available on Channel 9 on MSDN for free! Over the next few weeks, I’m going to be covering some of my favorite sessions (starting with the Group Policy sessions!) and linking to the videos.
The first Group Policy session I attended was Best Practices for Designing and Consolidating Group Policy for Performance and Security and was presented by Group Policy MVP and Darren Mar-Elia.
In this session Darren discusses a number of factors that can directly impact how you design your Group Policy… the single biggest being the design of your Active Directory. This session also covers several things that could be slowing down or even hanging processing of Group Policy on your clients. Darren also covers a few tools from his company, SDM Software, that can help you with your Group Policy.