Windows Server 2008 Glossary - G

Applies To: Windows Server 2008

For more Windows Server terms, see either the Windows Server 2008 R2 Glossary or the Windows Server 2003 Glossary.

Glossary - G

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Generic Application

A resource type in a failover cluster or server cluster that supports an application that was not originally designed to run on a cluster.

Generic Script

A resource type in a failover cluster or server cluster that supports an application controlled by a script that runs in Windows Script Host.

Generic Service

A resource type in a failover cluster or server cluster that supports a service that was not originally designed to run on a cluster.

global system key

A tool used to configure the startup key, a random, 128-bit, symmetric cryptographic key created at system startup and used to encrypt all of the user's symmetric cryptographic keys.

globally unique identifier

A 16-byte value generated from the unique identifier on a device, the current date and time, and a sequence number. It is used to identify a particular device, component, user, or session.

GPO

A collection of Group Policy settings, stored at the domain level as a virtual object that consists of a Group Policy container and a Group Policy template.

Group Policy

A feature introduced with Windows 2000 that allows administrators to enforce computer-specific and user-specific settings to domain-based computers.

Group Policy client-side extension

A component responsible for implementing a specific portion of Group Policy on the client computer. For example, Registry client-side extension processes registry-specific information within Group Policy.

Group Policy container

An object that is stored in Active Directory Domain Services and that is associated with a given Group Policy object.

Group Policy Management Editor

The editor window that is used to edit domain-based Group Policy in the Group Policy Management Console.

Group Policy object

A collection of Group Policy settings, stored at the domain level as a virtual object that consists of a Group Policy container and a Group Policy template.

Group Policy Object Editor

The Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-in that is used to edit Local Group Policy settings.

Group Policy Software Installation

In Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008: an extension to the editor that accompanies the Group Policy Management Console (GPMC). The extension is used to deploy software packages by using a domain-based Group Policy object. In Windows Server 2003 and earlier: An extension to the Group Policy Object Editor; formerly called "Application Deployment" or "Application Deployment Editor."

Group Policy template

Group Policy information that is stored on the sysvol share of all domain controllers within a domain.

GUID

A 16-byte value generated from the unique identifier on a device, the current date and time, and a sequence number. It is used to identify a particular device, component, user, or session.