Client-Side Extensions

Client-side extensions (CSEs) provide much of the intelligence behind Group Policy. CSEs are files that must reside on the computer that is consuming Group Policy settings. The CSEs are divided into logical categories that match the nodes within the GPO, which can be seen in the structure of the GPO in the GPME. For example, the Security Settings node and all of the settings under it are controlled by the security CSE. The Drive Maps policy under the Preferences nodes is controlled by its own CSE, the Group Policy Drive Maps CSE.

The CSEs are .dll files that contain code that applies the settings to the target computer. The settings are delivered from the domain controllers to the computer receiving the policy settings during ...

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