Group Policy Collection

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  • local GPO is stored on each individual computer, in the hidden %systemroot%\System32\GroupPolicy directory
  • GPC contains info on the properties of a GPO, stored in AD on each dc in the domain.
    GPT contains the data in a GPO, stored in the Sysvol in the /Policies sub-directory
  • Client-side extensions run within DLLs, responsible for implementing GP at the client pc.
    following CSEs loaded by default, in Srv 2003:
    Admin Templates, Wireless Network Policies, Folder Redirection, Disk Quotas, QoS Packet Scheduler...
  • Resultant Set of Policy (RSoP) snap-in is an MMC snap-in, use WMI



source: Group Policy Collection