The OU Structure for emeneye.ac.uk

Here’s a look at the Active Directory OU Structure I designed for the emeneye.ac.uk domain in my lab. As I explained before it is intended for a fictional university which is modeled along the lines of my previous work place.

OU-Diagram.jpg

And here’s the OU structure in Active Directory Users and Computers

OU Structure

The three principles that helped in designing the structure are Group Policy, delegation and object administration.

A few notes with regards to the structure:

  • I came across this really good tip online about creating a master OU in AD and creating the OU structure and sub-OUs below the Master OU, which makes the structure a lot cleaner and easier on the eyes
  • A wide but shallow structure means log on times should be faster due to the fact that fewer group policies will need to be processed as opposed to a deep structure
  • Some OU names have been shortened into abbreviations – SoA, for example, is “School of Arts”
  • The structure supports GPO inheritance
  • Is designed to be flexible – I only have just the one server, the domain controller, at the moment, but will expand with NAS and WSUS in future, hence the sub-OUs under Servers
  • Desktops and laptops have been separated into their own OUs to enable me to apply different settings on them without needing WMI scripts/queries to determine the form factor of the computers
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