It's important to document your organization's use of group policy templates. However, there are a large amount of these templates to track, which makes the creation of the inventory very difficult to do.
But one of the Cool Solutions posted to Novell's Web site can be of considerable use in this regard. You can find a zip file containing two Excel spreadsheets: one for Windows 2000 and another for Windows XP that will let you save a record of your templates. The Plano Independent School System created this solution.
If you examine these templates you will find that the Windows 2000 template contains 632 entries in 56 separate categories. The XP template by comparison contains 927 entries contained in 103 separate categories. These workbooks show a sample and default policy set on the worksheets, and the tool is free for download and available for use (not resale) for whatever purpose you need to use them for. Obviously it would take a quite some time to create these templates, so this is something most people wouldn't do if they didn't have a tool like this expressly made for this purpose.
Barrie Sosinsky is president of consulting company Sosinsky and Associates (Medfield MA). He has written extensively on a variety of computer topics. His company specializes in custom software (database and Web related), training and technical documentation.