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Group Policy Infrastructure

Updated: January 6, 2009

Applies To: Windows Server 2008 R2

Group Policy is an infrastructure used to deliver and apply one or more desired configurations or policy settings to a set of targeted users and computers within an Active Directory environment. This infrastructure consists of a Group Policy engine and multiple client-side extensions (CSEs) responsible for reading specific policy settings on target client computers.

Hierarchy of Managed Entities

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Managed Entities

Name Description

Group Policy

Group Policy is an infrastructure used to deliver and apply one or more desired configurations or policy settings to a set of targeted users and computers within an Active Directory environment. This infrastructure consists of a Group Policy engine and multiple client-side extensions (CSEs) responsible for reading specific policy settings on target client computers.

Group Policy Software Installation Client-Side Extension

The Software Installation extension of Group Policy enables you to provide on-demand software installation and automatic repair of applications. Group Policy offers a convenient method for distributing software, especially if you are already using Group Policy for other purposes such as securing your client and server computers.

Group Policy Scripts Client-Side Extension

The Scripts extension has the ability to apply one or more scripts to a computer or users. Scripts applying to computers are run during startup and shutdown. Scripts applying to users are run during logon and logoff.

Group Policy Registry Client-Side Extension

The Registry extension is a way to use Group Policy to centrally manage client registry keys. This client-side extension is used to apply registry-based policy settings (Administrative Templates) by creating and configuring the client registry keys.

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