I have 25 identicals machines running windows XP Pro in a workgroup environement.
I need to apply local policy on a template machine, except administrators.
i have found this document in the following web page: http://www.jsiinc.com/subl/tip5600/rh5619.htm
i have follow this procedure and it doesn't work!!!
this procedure include the following:
you log in with administrator account
and make your changes.
go to system32\Group policy\user folder. a *.pol file is create
copy it to desktop
login with other non administrator users and make shure that policy applies.
log back to administrator
bring back to the default setting.
you will notice that the *.pol file was modified
logoff/logon with administrator
the parameters are back as default.
copy the *.pol file from desktop and paste it to the system32\Group policy\user folder
and logoff/logon with administrator account
the parameters are as default.
but when i login with other users. they are as default too and not restricted.
I redid it 4-5 times. at one point this worked. but when i have recreated from scratch
it didn't work again.
I even tried to remove read only on the *.pol file for administrators and this didn't help either.
but when i remove read option, i can't open gpedit.msc
so i have to go to that directory and delte the file to be able open again and reconfigure.
I have to do it unfortunaly tomorow. because i have relied on this document.
And i think i have done it on windows 2000 no problem. and it worked.