Is it possible to create a GPO but not have it affect anything?
Yes, you can create a GPO in the Group Policy Objects node and unless you link it to another container object, it will have no effect on your network. This also applies to GPOs contained within the Starter GPO node as well.
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Jeremy is regular there, and there is a reasonable system to prevent junk posts.
In all, we think it’s the right place to go for Group Policy-specific questions.
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-Jeremy Moskowitz, Group Policy MVP