Applying and Linking Group Policy Objects

You store Group Policy preferences and settings in Group Policy objects (GPOs). While I’ll cover the nitty-gritty details in later chapters, I’ll examine the basic concepts related to Group Policy application (initial processing) and refresh (subsequent processing) in this section.

Policy Sets Within GPOs

Within Group Policy, two distinct sets of policies are defined:

  • Computer policies. These apply to computers and are stored under Computer Configuration in a Group Policy object.

  • User policies. These apply to users and are stored under User Configuration in a Group Policy object.

Both Computer Configuration and User Configuration have Policies and Preferences nodes. You use:

  • Computer Configuration\Policies to ...

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