Writing a Group Policy Extension

If administrative templates and registry-based policy data do not meet your requirements, you can write your own extension to Group Policy. Writing a Group Policy extension allows you to use your own data store for policy settings, create a richer UI through the Group Policy Object Editor, or implement your own client-side processing for Group Policy. You can provide any one or all of the previous elements, or combine them with existing parts of the Group Policy infrastructure.

For example, you could write an extension snap-in to the Group Policy Object Editor that provides a UI on the server and a corresponding client-side extension that processes your data on the client. Alternately, you could write only a client-side extension and allow an existing Group Policy Object Editor extension to provide the UI, and vice versa.

For more information, see the following topics: