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Microsoft® Windows® Group Policy Guide by William R. Stanek, Derek Melber, Darren Mar-Elia, The Microsoft Group Policy Team

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Navigating Group Policy Link Structure

Creating a new GPO is a separate process from linking that GPO to an Active Directory site, domain, or OU. When you choose to create a new GPO with the Create And Link A GPO Here option in the GPMC, a new GPO (with its component GPC and GPT parts) is created and the GPO is linked to the currently focused container object. As with the GPC and GPT, a lot happens behind the scenes during GPO link creation.

Examining Group Policy Linking

Like the GPC for a GPO, sites, domains, and OUs are represented in the directory as a type of container object. When you link a GPO to a site, domain, or OU, a link reference is inserted into the gPLink attribute on that container object. The link reference includes the full LDAP ...

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