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Chapter 4. Group Policy Processing Behavior Essentials

Chapter 4. Group Policy Processing Behavior Essentials

After you create or modify a GPO in the domain, the policy "wishes" are not immediately dropped on the target machines. In fact, they're not dropped on the target machines at all; they're requested by the client computer at various times throughout the day. GPOs are processed at specific times, based on various conditions. You could basically say that GPOs are "pulled" by the client but originate at the server.

It's likely that you have Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows 2003, and now Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 machines in your environment. Each operating system that receives Group Policy instructions processes Group Policy at different times in different ways. With different operating systems requesting different things at different times, the expected behaviors can really get confusing quickly.


  

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