3.1.1 Abstract Data Model

The administrative abstract data model mirrors the client abstract data model, as specified in section 3.2.1, the difference being that the administrative abstract data model is logically encapsulated within a single GPO's user policy and computer policy sections. A summary of this state is as follows:

GPO: The GPO contains a policy description store, user policy setting state, and computer policy setting state.

Policy Description Store: The Policy Description Store is an SMB file system directory given by the location "<gpo path>\Preferences\<policy specific folder>\<policy specific xml file>", where "<gpo path>" is a scoped GPO path on the Group Policy server. This xml file contains the Group Policy Preferences settings. The policy specific folder and policy specific file names are defined in Table 2.2.1.

Computer Policy Setting State: Has the same structure (as specified in section 2.2.1) as the client in the policy setting state (as specified in section 3.2.1.1).

User Policy Setting State: Has the same structure (as specified in section 2.2.1) as the client in the policy setting state (as specified in section 3.2.1.1).