Protocol Communication Between a Group Policy Client and Group Policy Server

The Group Policy protocols use LDAP and a file access protocol to transport Group Policy-specific information that is sent between the Group Policy client and the Group Policy server. The sections that follow describe the communication that occurs between a Group Policy client and a Group Policy server via policy application messages, to enable the client to read and apply Group Policy.

The following diagram summarizes the communication between various Group Policy components during policy application by the Group Policy client. The communications illustrated in the diagram map to the discussions in the sections that follow.

Policy application process

Figure 7: Policy application process