Take a look at Figure 5-1. You’ll see the Preferences node in the Group Policy editor.
You might be thinking to yourself, “Preferences? What’s a preference? I thought this whole book was on Group Policy, so why is there a node called Preferences?”
And others might be thinking, “I’ve been using Group Policy for a long time and heard about the Preferences, but I never really dove into them. What do I download to start using them?”
The good news is, you likely have everything you need to get started with them.
Recall that a Client-Side Extension (CSE) is a way to “do more stuff” with Group Policy. Windows Vista does more stuff than Windows XP. Windows 7 does more stuff than Vista, and Windows 8 does more stuff than Windows 7. Windows 10 does more stuff than Windows 8 and 8.1.
That’s because each operating system has more CSEs, which you learned about in Chapter 3, “Group Policy Processing Behavior Essentials.” If you’ll remember, they’re just bits of code (DLLs actually) that process the directives contained in GPOs.
The Group Policy Preference extensions are simply that: extension DLLs—really, one DLL that does a lot of stuff. Because Group Policy Preferences is kind of long to say, I’ll abbreviate the Group Policy Preferences (the concept) as GPPrefs and a specific Group ...