NT .pol file v 2003 GPO

Posted on 2005-05-13
Last Modified: 2012-08-14
hi, have a couple of servers (windows 2000)that used to be members of an NT 4 domain and had polices applied via poledit.

these servers are now moved in to the 2003 AD domain   but the settings have remained from the NT days and the new GPOs arent applying as they should

can i just delete  .pol files form servers and all is well? or is there more to it?
Question by:mhamer
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    Since your members are now members of an AD domain, they will not process the .pol files anymore. The settings that were applied by the system policies (the .pol files) are persistent; what exctly will happen with the old policies you applied depends on what you configured. The old settings won't be reapplied (whether you delete the .pol files or not), but the registry changes made by them will not simply "go away", they will stay the way they were when the system policy was last applied, until they are explicitly changed by a group policy or a manual intervention. It's the same way as if you had manually changed the server's registry.
    Your servers will now only process group policies. Depending on the policies, these should override the settings applied by the system policies; so if you reproduce the system policy settings in a group policy, apply the policy to the machines, and delete the GPO again (or set the policies back to "not configured"), you servers should mostly be reset to the standard settings.

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