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Applying Group Policy to computer using Cisco VPN Client

Posted on 2006-06-22
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I have a group of users who work from home.  Each of their computers connects to the corporate network via Cisco's VPN Client software.  I am trying to create a new computer configuration for them, but I am having trouble getting the computer portion of the Group Policy to apply correctly.

The remote computer is a domain member.

The process for logging into this new setup is as follows:
1.  When the user hits Ctrl-Alt-Del to log into the computer, the VPN Client comes up, and the user enters VPN credentials and connects to the network
2.  The user logs into the computer with a domain account

The user settings of the Group Policy are applied properly, which makes sense, because when the user actually logs into the machine, there is a network connection to the corporate domain controller.

Also, it makes sense that the computer settings are not applied when the computer initially boots up, because it has no network connection to a domain controller until the user completes step 1 above.  I've tried running gpupdate to force the application of computer settings, but that doesn't work either.  This gpupdate could be run at the end of the VPN connection in step 1 above.

Each time the computer boots up, I get an Userenv event ID 1054 in the Application log, presumably because of the lack of network connection.  Does this prevent further application of the Group Policy (via gpupdate) until the problem is resolved?

I do have ZoneAlarm installed on this system, but this problem occurs whether or not it is running.

Can anyone provide a solution that will apply the computer settings to this VPN-only computer?  Thanks in advance for your help.
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In my experience so far, no. Like you said there is no connection to the network or DC and the VPN client doesn't have the ability to resolve that. Either have the user bring their computer in and fire it up or configure a hardware vpn router connetion. :(
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