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Group policy NTServer4 & XP ,W2K clients

By roblee1 ·
Hi,
How do you configure a NT server 4.0 to run Group policy on XP, W2K clients.?
The users are to be completely restricted from the desktop and only have a start menu provided by the administrator.
The units are to be network.How do you do it on the server and workstations?

Many thanks.

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by Joseph Moore In reply to Group policy NTServer4 & ...

AFAIK, NT4 Policy Editor settings are NOT applied to 2K/XP clients.

To get 2K/XP to recognize that, you need to be running Win2K Server with Active Directory. Then you can make Group Policy settings apply to the clients.

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by erikdr In reply to Group policy NTServer4 & ...

Answer 1 is right but incomplete. There IS a route to accomplish what you want but it is more complicated than 'simply' using AD.
Group Policy is an AD storage of the XP and W2K policies. Those policies can be edited and stored in a file similarly to NTCONFIG.POL, and then stored centrally. However applying them upon logon everytime to the local workstation _is_ a challenge, and will need some VBScript or similar commands in the logon script. It does not happen automatically as with NTWorkstation-NTServer and W2K/XP workstation and W2K-AD server.
The 2nd challenge is maintaining the file - you can do it with the MMC snapin also used for GPO's, but export the settings to the POL file. That's where my knowledge stops, I've never had the need to experiment with this...

HTH,

<Erik> - The Netherlands

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by erikdr In reply to Group policy NTServer4 & ...

Answer 1 is right but incomplete. There IS a route to accomplish what you want but it is more complicated than 'simply' using AD.
Group Policy is an AD storage of the XP and W2K policies. Those policies can be edited and stored in a file similarly to NTCONFIG.POL, and then stored centrally. However applying them upon logon everytime to the local workstation _is_ a challenge, and will need some VBScript or similar commands in the logon script. It does not happen automatically as with NTWorkstation-NTServer and W2K/XP workstation and W2K-AD server.
The 2nd challenge is maintaining the file - you can do it with the MMC snapin also used for GPO's, but export the settings to the POL file. That's where my knowledge stops, I've never had the need to experiment with this...

HTH,

<Erik> - The Netherlands

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by erikdr In reply to

Sorry, posting 3 and 4 double of course. Got a 404 from TechRepublic after posting 2, and the reaction was obvious )-:

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by erikdr In reply to Group policy NTServer4 & ...

Answer 1 is right but incomplete. There IS a route to accomplish what you want but it is more complicated than 'simply' using AD.
Group Policy is an AD storage of the XP and W2K policies. Those policies can be edited and stored in a file similarly to NTCONFIG.POL, and then stored centrally. However applying them upon logon everytime to the local workstation _is_ a challenge, and will need some VBScript or similar commands in the logon script. It does not happen automatically as with NTWorkstation-NTServer and W2K/XP workstation and W2K-AD server.
The 2nd challenge is maintaining the file - you can do it with the MMC snapin also used for GPO's, but export the settings to the POL file. That's where my knowledge stops, I've never had the need to experiment with this...

HTH,

<Erik> - The Netherlands

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