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Group Policy: Mixed Environment

Hi All,  I understand some GP can only be applicable to Win 2000 and above. I have 2 situations

1) Senario 1, Windows 2003 domain controller. Mixed mode. Domain Clients include XP, 2K, 98, NT. The requirement is have a standard Wallpaper and block changes to it. For the XPs and 2ks, no problem, just apply a GP. But for the NTs and 98/95s? Any alternative solution?

2) Restrict USB thumbdrive use, but allow scanners and digital cams..
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Jay_Jay70Commented:
Hi kuay23,

this is a tool that is free and that some colleages in melbourne use on older machines like you have
http://www.sysinternals.com/utilities/bginfo.html

best solution: time to say goodbye to 98 machines...thats an OS that is now 8 years old!
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DLeaverCommented:
Hi

The legacy clients can have group policies applied through system policy.  You would need an NT4 CD to load the poledit.exe file (system policy).  Set up the policies up locally on the different machine types, they have to be configured locally on the '98 and '95 machines.  This creates config.pol (98/95) and NTconfig.pol (NTws/server) files, copy and paste these .pol files into the netlogon share (scripts) on any DC and the policies should apply to the legacy clients on the network, with the GPOs applying to the W2k+.
If you don't have an NT4.0 CD then you can probably download the poledit.exe files from the ms site.

DL
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kuay23Author Commented:
Hi DLeaver, you mean the config.pol and NTconfig.pol will be dropped into each of the legacy machines through maybe a logon script like kixtart, etc? I'm not familiar with how NT/98/95 works...

Or that i have to us poledit to create 2 policies for NT4s and 98/95s on each 2 local machines first, then put it in netlogon and when the legacy clients log on they should see the effect right?  
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DLeaverCommented:
Hi

Your right pretty much there.  Run the system policy tool(poledit.exe) on the various legacy OS you're running and then this will create config.pol files for the '98 and '95 machines, and NTconfig.pol files for the NT machines.  You don't need to run them on every machine, just on each different OS to get the .pol files created.  Copy and paste these files into the netlogon share (%DCroot%\sysvol\domainname\scripts) of a DC (W2K3/W2K).  The legacy clients will then take the appropriate .pol file during startup, and as long as your not running the files on an NT4 DC then XP and 2K clients will ignore the contents of the netlogon folder and apply group policy.


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kuay23Author Commented:
Hi DLeaver Thanks, i've got the config.pol working, but it seems theres limit things i can do with system policies.. for one i cannot specify a screensaver. And it seems only .BMP wallpapers work.

btw Thanks, Jay_Jay70, this tool is pretty useful. Actually i was just introduced to it a few days ago by a mcp trainer. Cool stuff.
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