Group Policy processes the policy settings information in GPOs by delegating to client-side extensions (CSEs). The /opt/quest/lib/cse_mod directory stores the client-side extensions to the Group Policy framework. Several default CSEs come ready to process GPOs immediately after installing Group Policy. Group Policy provides the following CSEs:
Provides support for licensing policies.
Provides support for the Authentication Services-related policies.
Provides support for some Windows security settings.
Provides support for Mac OS X management settings.
Provides support for sudo policy option.
Provides support for dynamic file copy.
Provides support for the Unix file and script policies.
Provides support for OpenSSH.
Provides support for Samba.
Provides support for One Identity Defender policies.
Provides support for One Identity Privilege Manager for Unix policies.
Provides support for Administrative Templates.
Provides support for the Group Policy-related policies.
In Windows-only environments, administrators extend Group Policy through Administrative Templates. Administrative Templates provide policy description information as well as information used to build a graphical user interface to manage those policies. Group Policy stores this information in human-readable text-file format with an ADM extension. For more information, see Microsoft Knowledge Base article number 323639 - HOW TO: Create Custom Administrative Templates in Windows 2000.
Once you load the Administrative Templates into the Group Policy Object Editor (GPOE), the GPOE namespace is extended with new Unix-specific nodes.
On Unix, ADM policies are supported using Perl scripts that translate Windowsregistry.pol files into Unix configuration file settings. Group Policy refers to the translator scripts as xlators.
You can write custom xlator scripts in any language.
Some policies support the concept of an Apply mode. The Apply mode affects the way settings defined by policy are combined with local settings. There are two possible Apply modes:
Settings defined in policy replace all local settings or configuration files.
Settings defined by policy are merged with settings defined locally. For any conflicting settings the policy settings take precedence. Merge is the default for most policies that support Apply mode.
Configured policies that support Apply mode display the mode in the Apply Mode column in the Group Policy Object Editor.
To set the Group Policy Apply mode
Note: You can also right-click the policy to choose the Remove local configuration option from the context menu.
Note: The policy must be configured in order to change the Apply mode. If the policy is not configured, the Remove local configuration option is not enabled on the Action menu.
Note: Some policies, such as scripts, do not support Apply mode. If the policy does not support Apply mode, the Remove local configuration item in the Action menu is not available and the Apply Mode column in Group Policy Object Editor is blank.