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  • Can I edit Group Policy Preferences on Win2003 Svr or WinXP?

    We are in the process of rolling out Win7 workstations. Dell engineers came out to setup GP Preferences for these machines and I think they developed the GPs on their Win7 notebooks.

    However, our AD servers are all Win2003 and the standard GP Manager shows the new GPOs but when you look at the Settings, it's blank.

    What do I need to download in order to view & edit the GP Preferences on our Win2003 server?

    After reading the White Papers on GP Preferences, I gather that WinXP workstations will not take on the new GP Preferences unless they have the Client-Side software installed.

    My workstation is WinXP. Thanks.
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    Re: Can I edit Group Policy Preferences on Win2003 Svr or WinXP?

    Hi,

    You can view the GP in GP manager by importing .adm template files.

    Yes for applying GP policies on Win Xp you would need to install client side extension. I myself ran into a similar issue with drive mapping but that was the case when i had W2K8 server in my Env along with W2K3, XP and Win 7 Clients.

    You might want to go through this article for more clarification

    Information about new Group Policy preferences in Windows Server 2008
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/943729
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      Re: Can I edit Group Policy Preferences on Win2003 Svr or WinXP?

      Ensure that the Windows XP machines have SP3 ( believe SP2 is the minumum for preferences to work) and install RSAT tools on a Windows 7 or Windows 2008 server to configure the GPO preferences.

      Starter GPOs is a feature worth enabling as well.

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