Using GPEDIT.MSC Urgent

Posted on 2006-05-25
Last Modified: 2008-01-09
dear all,

i am here have more than 30 clients , all of them have Windows XP PRO SP2.
we are workgroup without domain & Domain Controller at all.

i know there is a command for GPEDIT.MSC, and it allows me to make some Policies for this PC or For this USER as exactly i have Domain Controller and group Policy.

now , i went directly to one user & make some configuration by using GPEDIT.MSC that to hide all the DESKTOP ITMES from his PC.

Now, instead of visit all the 20 clients and using active directory , what is the solution
Question by:rolamohammed
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    by:Naser Gabaj
    Greetings rolamohammed,

    That's where it comes to deploy DC in your network for centralizing the management for your users & Groups, which exactly what you are looking for now, I'm wondering since you have more than 10 PC's why don't you deploy DC and leave all the headache behind your shoulders.

    The Short/Simple answer for this "there is no way to do it without deploying DC" unless you invest on third party remote software such as VNC, or Netsupport manager.

    P.S: BTW, You have so many open Questions "9" without answer.... ???

    Good Luck!


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    but , due to the situations " financial situations ", we are not going to deploy or purchase it.

    so, is there anyway to copy the Configuration from one user & put it in the others as well, in stead of deploying DC.

    please help me to do that.
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    Being able to manage all of your network's machines is one of the main reasons to have a domain environment.  Because without it there is no common authentication to prove that you have the right to do that on all machines.  When you go around to each machine, you are logging in with the local Administrator account, I'd assume... which is a completely separate login for each machine (even if they are all called "administrator" and you've used the same password, they are still completely UNIQUE logins.

    When you create a Domain under Active Directory, then the machines are joined to the domain and will honor the credentials of a "DOMAIN ADMINISTRATOR".

    If you don't plan on having more than 50 clients attached to your network, you should really consider getting Small Business Server (it will handle up to 75, but 50 is really the "usable" limit).  SBS is a preconfigured AD environment that makes it much easier to manage than trying to create a domain from scratch.  For more info about SBS go to

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    by:Naser Gabaj
    Just a word of curiosity, How far is this answer from mine????

    At least be fair and split.
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    by:Naser Gabaj

    Thank you for clarification, please note the following:

    >>you were talking about managing users and groups

    Yes, that's what the asker requested :

    >instead of visit all the 20 clients and using active directory , what is the solution

    that means he/she wanted to do that from one PC which i recommended to him/her when i said:

    >>That's where it comes to deploy DC in your network for centralizing the management for your users & Groups, which exactly what you are looking for

    I mean the GP of the domain which will affect all the users in the domain


    >>I'm not sure how either VNC or Netsupport manager would fit into managing group policy either

    The asker complained that he/she knows how to do it for each PC locally, but can't do it remotely, that's why i recommended a remote management software, such as VNC (FREE) NSM (Not FREE) as an alternative solution for managing GP from the domain controller as he/she might face financial issue and looking for an alternative solution, and his/her next post confirmed my guesses.

    I hope i make it clear for you.


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