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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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Understanding Group Policy Processing

Like Active Directory itself, Group Policy also has a client-server architecture. Group Policy clients use client-side extensions (CSEs) for Group Policy to process policy settings. Group Policy servers use server-side extensions to manage policy.

Examining Client-Side Extension Processing

Client-side extensions (CSEs) are implemented as DLLs that are installed with the operating system. The Group Policy Engine running on a client triggers foreground policy processing when a computer is started or a user logs on. The architecture of Group Policy processing is shown in Figure 13-8.

Group Policy processing architecture

Figure 13-8. Group Policy processing ...

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