Optimizing Microsoft Investments: Use Group Policies to Increase Security and Decrease Management CostsThis IDC study is written for CIOs, IT directors, IT managers, and implementers of Microsoft solutions, technologies, and products. It guides IT practitioners, business decision managers, and information assurance managers in both the understanding and the implementation of Group Policy Objects (GPOs) of the enterprise Active Directory (AD), as well as showing the benefits of increased enterprise security and optimized user and system manageability. The study discusses the fundamentals of AD and the specifics and details of Group Policy settings and GPOs. It also describes the areas of the Windows operating system that Group Policy settings control, manage, and secure. In conclusion, it examines tools used to manage the GPOs, changes in enterprise device management, and the resulting benefits of GPO implementation."Group Policy Objects, a free feature of Active Directory Domain Services, enable the enterprise to increase security and ensure consistency within your enterprise. In fact, GPOs can help maximize your Microsoft AD investment," says Tim Clark, adjunct analyst with IDC's Research Network.