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By AllenTech ·

here is the scenario, I have a peer-to-peer local area network, about 40 of them, and 2 XP home editions. I want to prevent the user from installing programs, and from changing settings. I know that you can do that if you have a NT or Win2K by using group policies. But how can i do it in a peer-to-peer environment? either centralized or decentralized. Or can i use my XP to serve as policy servers.

thanks in advance

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by timwalsh In reply to PC Lockdown

In a peer to peer environment, you can use group policy (Win2K and WinXP Pro), or system policy (NT), but it can only be applied on a mcahine-by-machine basis. Without a domain, there can be no centralized policy application.

What you could do for the Win2K and WinXP clients is use one of the security templates and modify it to meet your requirements (you would have to use seperate templates since there are additional configuration options available for XP). You could then install copies of the templates on each client and apply the template (as a GPO) against the each computer.

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by briantruitt In reply to PC Lockdown

You could also set up Policy Editor. It's not clear to me if your network is all NT and Win2K, except for the two XP machines, but if you do have Windows 98 or Win2K Policy Editor will work.

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by pctech In reply to PC Lockdown


The Win9x systems are the problem. You will need a third party app, such as Guard Dog, to lock down these peer-to-peer systems and this will have to be installed on each workstation. I would spend the money on a server. This would offer you centralization, easier backups, centralized user file locations, and control. Once you get above ten workstations, you are stretching the practical usuability of a peer-to-peer network. Still, you don't have to worry about CALs on a peer-to-peer! Peer-to-peer is comparatively cheap, but you lose centralized control and resources on a peer-to-peer.
Good luck.

I hope this helps.

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