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    GPOs to install software

    I'm generating steadily more Install_App GPOs. Would I be better combining these into Install_CoreApps or Install_MathsApps so the PCs are applying less Policies, or does it not matter?

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    There is some overhead to processing policies but I would still keep seperate ones.

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    6 of one half a dozen of the other. I tend to just have a few policies with multiple software on each

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    Core software is rolled into one here, as everywhere wants Flash etc.

    Other than that, separate, sometimes you get a request for a certain package to be added to a certain room when (e.g.) Maths have booked out a lab, and you don't want it to install half a dozen other unnecessary packages as well. If everything is separate it's not a problem.

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    It's OK to group some MSIs to deploy (such as Flash Active X and Flash Plugin), as typically you'd update these at the same time every other month.

    It's a difficult question to answer however, because at the end of the day it's you managing it all. I probably wouldn't include anymore than 5 MSIs per GPO personally, but again, it depends how big and complex your network is.

    Sometimes splitting GPOs (especially deploying over wireless helps), so you can link a GPO one week, then link another the following week.

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