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Processing Mode Targeting

Applies To: Windows Server 2008

A Processing Mode targeting item allows a preference item to be applied to computers or users only if the Group Policy processing mode or conditions on the processing computer match at least one of those specified in the targeting item. If Is Not is selected, it allows the preference item to be applied only if the Group Policy processing mode or conditions on the processing computer do not match any of those specified in the targeting item.

 

Synchronous

If this check box is selected, the targeting item determines whether Group Policy is being processed synchronously. Synchronous processing ensures that Computer startup and User logon Group Policy processing complete before allowing the user to log on or showing the user's desktop, respectively.

Asynchronous

If this check box is selected, the targeting item determines whether Group Policy is being processed asynchronously. Asynchronous processing allows the user to log on while computer Group Policy processes. Also, it allows the user's desktop to load (after logging on) while user Group Policy processes.

Background

If this check box is selected, the targeting item determines whether Group Policy is being processed in the background. Background Group Policy processing, also known as "background refresh," occurs every 90 to 120 minutes to apply new Group Policy settings to the user or computer.

Processing conditions

For any of the following check boxes that are selected, the targeting item determines whether that processing condition is in effect:

  • Forced refresh: The background refresh was forced.

  • Link transition: A change in link speed occurred between the current application and an earlier application of Group Policy.

  • No changes: No new Group Policy settings are applied to the computer or user.

  • RSoP transition: A change in RSoP logging occurred between the current application and an earlier application of Group Policy.

  • Slow link: Group Policy is applying over a slow network connection.

  • Safe boot: Windows is operating in safe mode.

  • Verbose logging: Verbose logging is enabled.

Additional considerations

  • To reposition a targeting item within the list of targeting items that you have applied to a preference item, either drag the targeting item to a new position, or select the targeting item and then click the Move Up arrow or Move Down arrow.

  • Preference items are available only in domain-based GPOs.

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