How do I acess remote regestries thru AD?

Posted on 2008-10-16
Last Modified: 2013-11-05
I need to check registry settings of computers from time to time. How do i do this using AD server 2003? which snap in is it?
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I believe you can simply run Regedit and go to the Connect Network Registry option, and you should be able to connect to remote machines registry settings (displayed in the tree below your own).  One word of warning, the Remote Registry service must be running on the remote machine, I believe you can set this service to start automatically on all the remote machines through a GPO.
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I am not sure what is the objective, if you can state the objective it would help people to answer your query.
See you can use Group Policies to update changes to computers and these changes are made to Registries and entires can also be changed
The above solution give by FourBeers is another way of doing it, provided you are looking at managing few PC at the most.

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an error from an upgrade to software occurred in which the resolution consists of changing a registry entry. I went to the connect network registry option, but the machine which i needed to work on only had HKLM and HKey users. I need to get to HKCU.
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From Remote you cannot acccess HKCU...!
Well this can be achvied via Group Policy, see create a small vbs script to update and run it via a LOgin Script...that will achieve the purpose...
Google Internet for vbs to change registry it is simple...2 line code
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1.Here is a class that handles remote registry

2.Make sure the remote registry service is started on the client computer. THis is often disabled by security policies

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Yep, VB Script will do the trick on login, but you could also export a registry key from regedit by right clicking the key and selecting export, save the file, take out unnecessary lines using notepad, then add this line to your login script:-
regedit.exe /s <path to reg file>\regfile.reg

Heres a link on this from MS, you can also delete keys using a reg file (somtimes useful):- 

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