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My company has installed its first W2000 server with XP professional workstations. All the other sites (Primary Schools) are NT4 and W98.  Unfortunatly we lack some experience in this area and are struggling.  The server and workstations are talking to each other and we are able to logon (albeit a bit slowly) - the problem is the Group Policy is not being pulled down from the server nor is the login script  My question is what area of 2000 server should we be looking at to try and resolve this type of problem.
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by:tnielsen
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There are XP Policies you have to load....  From the XP clients... search for *.pol files and dump them into the server.. correct directory of course..

Tom
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by:MSGeek
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NO, the policies are not ".pol" files for Win2k or XP, they are ".adm" files and the y are located in the %systemroot%\inf folder.  FYI, the XP .adm files or polict templates are backward compatible with Win2k.  You will still need you ".pol" files for you NT 4 and Win9x workstations.

>> "The server and workstations are talking to each other and we are able to logon (albeit a bit slowly) - the problem is the Group Policy is not being pulled down from the server nor is the login script  My question is what area of 2000 server should we be looking at to try and resolve this type of problem."

This is more than likely a DNS problem, when logins are slow and policies are not being pushed out it 9 out of 10 times comes down to DNS.

How do you have DNS configured, are you running DHCP? (I know some districts don't like DHCP, they seem to think they can track down a misbehaving user easier in a static IP environment; IMHO they are wrong and just making more work for their IT staff.)
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by:Shelly1958
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MSGeek - many thanks for your support.
We have used the same two DNS server entries which were used with the NT4 box and this server has worked fine for years - I'm not quite sure 'how' we have it configured, I guess we entered the correct values when prompted?!
We are running DHCP.
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Shelly1958
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Ideally with Win2000 Server you should have AD and DNS and DHCP running from the same server.  This way DNS and DHCP are integrated and DNS is automatically updated.

Can you go more in depth on how your dhcp is configured, if your DNS is not AD integrated, you will not be able to get the policies to work properly and yes logins will be slow.
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by:Shelly1958
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I'm back on site tomorrow - I will take a look and try and give you more detail.
Many thanks
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by:MSGeek
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This may give you a quick insight to the dependencies in the meantime.  I hava a lot of helpful school based policies documented, including blocking downloads in IE, let me know if you need any for Win9x and NT 4.

http://www.microsoft.com/windows2000/techinfo/reskit/en-us/default.asp?url=/windows2000/techinfo/reskit/en-us/deploy/dgae_rdp_DIMA.asp
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by:Shelly1958
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Many thanks for pointing us in the right direction - DNS was indeed the problem. 'Most' things are now running ok.
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Happy I could be of assistance.  Thanks, MSGeek.
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