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I'd like to know what components of a GPO are stored in Active Directory. Is it all on the file system?

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Nothing in the GPO is stored in the AD database, really. It's all in the SYSVOL (IIRC) on the domain controllers. AD has a GUID pointer to the location on the filesystem, and of course who it applies to, any permissions on it, etc.

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The GPC is stored in AD and the GPT is stored in SYSVOL, which I think is what you're saying, but one without the other would be of no use. –  joeqwerty Dec 15 '10 at 15:48
    
Yup, you got the terminology correct. –  mfinni Dec 15 '10 at 15:50
    
You got what I was looking for... where is the GUID pointer within AD? –  makerofthings7 Dec 15 '10 at 16:12
    
CN=Policies,CN=System,DC=something,DC=something,DC=something –  mfinni Dec 15 '10 at 16:30
    
@Maker - you can find that sort of thing by doing a little bit of google-searching, a little bit of studying/certification for AD, or by just playing around with tools like AD Explorer from SysInternals. I'm not telling you not to ask questions here, and your main question was a good one - but once you got the details on the GPC and GPT from @joeqwerty, you definitely should have had enough info to go find the easy things on your own. –  mfinni Dec 15 '10 at 16:33

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