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How do I apply Group Policy Preferences using Vista SP1 in our Active Directory Domain

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I have installed the Remote Server Admin Tools to my Vista SP1 computer, and I am able to open up the original group policy I created from the Windows 2003 server console.  So far, so good.

Now, one of the reasons I want to use the Vista SP1 station is that the new tools allow (supposedly), to do additional group policy preferences, like applying shortcuts, registry settings etc.  I open up the group policy (START-->PROGRAMS-->ADMIN TOOLS-->GROUP POLICY MANAGER (as Administrator)), open up the group policy, and create a desktop shortcut, that should point to all users desktops....but on the stations...nothing happens.

I am editing the area under:  User Configuration-->Preferences-->Windows Settings-->Shortcuts

One thing I noticed is that is seems to be using the environment variable %CommonDesktopDir% which unless it is built in somewhere, does not seem to exist on any computer I can find.

Any thoughts?

Grant

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you are using gpedit.msc yes? i would be doing all of your policy editing via GPMC on vista....From what i have seen, vista doesnt play too nicely with local policy editing
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@Jay_Hay70:   No, I am not using gpedit.msc.  I am using the Group Policy Administrator under Admin Tools on the Vista SP1 station.

@KCTS: The solution you pointed me at MAY have helped...I am not sure yet.  More testing today.

What is weird, is that I now have 1 (only 1) station (another Vista station with SP1) that HAS received the test desktop ICON and the test registry entry I have added to the group policy.  Yet, I cannot find ANOTHER station that HAS received the test items.  Still testing.  Will advise.....
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Problem Solved......couple things resolved it.

1) You need to INSTALL the group policy extensions on the XP stations before any extended preferences will work.

2) The PERMISSIONS of the local user is what is used to determine the end result, unlike the group polices which are crammed down the user/machines throat....i.e.  If you want to push an icon down to the desktop to all users, the PERMISSIONS to edit the desktop for all users has to be granted to whomever is logging on.

Anyways...seems to be all working now.
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nice work :) - good to know about the extensions
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