I have 2 Windows 2000 Domain controllers. Recently I have added 5 new Dell dimension 2350 desktop computers with XP Pro to the domain. For some reason, they are not accepting some group policy updates. I have a policy set to install pc anywhere from a network share, this policy works for all other computers in the company, which include windows2000 and xp pro clients.
I have run GPRESULT from the win2k resource kit on the client boxes in question, and they are getting some policy changes from the domain controller that is assigning them but not others. The credentials appear the be identical to other computers in the domain, so I have ruled out access rights as a possible reason. The only difference I have found is that the boxes in question are Dells that came with the OS pre installed, they are the only ones with this problem. I have deleted networking completely and reinstalled it, I removed them from the domain, renamed them and rejoined them to the domain. I have run gptool on the dcs to validate the policies, which returns no errors. Everything else on the client boxes seems to be working normally, DNS, they are accepting their DHCP assignments, and connecting to the network with no other issues. I have also uninstalled ALL dells preinstalled software. If anyone has any other solutions on this - HELP! Its driving me insane, I cannot alter the clients SUS settings via group policy, and therefore have to install updates and patches manually. Granted its only on 5 boxes, but something has gone wrong. I dont want to have to reinstall the os, but Im getting desparate.