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Windows Server® 2012 Unleashed by Chris Amaris, Andrew Abbate, Omar Droubi, Guy Yardeni, Michael Noel, Rand Morimoto

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GPO Storage and Replication

GPOs are stored in both the file system and the Active Directory database. Each domain in an Active Directory forest stores a complete copy of that particular domain’s GPOs.

Within Active Directory, the GPO links and version information are stored within the domain naming context partition of the database. Because this partition is replicated only within a single domain, processing GPOs linked across domains, either using sites or just a cross-domain GPO link, can take longer to load and process.

The GPO settings are stored in the file system of all domain controllers within the SYSVOL folder. The SYSVOL folder is shared on all domain controllers. Each domain GPO has a corresponding folder located within the Sysvol\Companyabc.com\Policies ...

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