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Scripts Extension Technical Reference

Updated: March 28, 2003

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

Microsoft Windows 2000 Server and Windows Server 2003 use Group Policy settings to provide directory-based desktop configuration management. These Group Policy settings are stored in a Group Policy object (GPO). You can create and manage GPOs by using the Group Policy Object Editor.

General classes of Group Policy settings are implemented as extensions to the operating system. These extensions are packaged as dynamic-link libraries (DLLs), and exist as two types of extension:

  • Server-side extension — A Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-in that is used for administration and configuration.

  • Client-side extension (CSE) — An extension that runs on the client computer that interprets and applies the MMC type settings to the client computer, also known as the target computer.

The GPO settings are configured via the server side extension, and applied to individual computers and users, by the client-side extension (CSE). The Group Policy engine is the framework used to manage all client side extensions, including the Scripts client-side extension.

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