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Group policy creation NT V 2K0

By masperring2003 ·
I have been the network manager, for 5 years, of an NT4 network. I have been able to set up group profiles and policies without too much trouble, but now the new head of dept. Dr of Comp Sci. Has upgraded half of the network to win 2K0 advanced server. Trouble is that Policies and Profiles are not alike? I am having trouble creating both in win 2K0. Help how can I utilise my knowledge from NT4 to Win 2K0, so that I can easily use the same profiles etc on 2K0? Do I have to read Windows 2000 Server Bible from cover to cover as I did for NT4?
Malcolm

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by CG IT In reply to Group policy creation NT ...

What would be a good idea is to learn Active Directory [and in doing so Group Policies]which is fundamentally different than system policies in NT. A really good book on Active Directory [at least in my opinion] is Windows 2000 Active Directory by Joe Casad [McGraw-Hill/Osborne]. About $32.00 from Amazon.com.
As far as NT, the system Policies Editor [poledit.exe] can still be used with W2K. If you upgraded your NT to W2K then the policies in netlogon are moved to sysvol. System policies are not converted to GP but you can migrate those templates [the .adm] that you used to create the .pol to Groups Policy Objects as ADM files which GP uses and are the exact same format.

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by Bjorn.Tore In reply to Group policy creation NT ...

Hi.

First of all, i'll assume the problem is that a user logs on to a NT4 computer, then logs on to a windows 2000 computer, and then logs on to a nt4 computer and gets into trouble.

We have experienced the same thing, and the solution we selected was to remove the User profiles from user manager. this was by far the easiest and most cost effective.
The drawback is that user settings dont follow the users from computer to computer.

As for NT policies. They work in the same way for NT4 and for Windows 2000. That is the computer loads a .POL file when it boots from the netlogon share of the domain controller(default setup)

But, as soon as you trow Active Directory into the picture you get a problem.

NT 4 dont care about AD, it still works the same way.
But WIndows 2000/XP will start using GPO instead of .POL files as soon it detects AD( you can not disable this feature, this possibility was removed after Windows 2000 Beta)
Even if the Windows 2000 computer is in a NT4 resource domain, as soon as a AD user account logs on, it will use GPO instead of .POL for the user part of the policy.

That means you will have to duplicate the settings in the .POL file you are using, and apply them with both .POL and with GPO.

Remember, its not a bug, its a feature:))

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