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Windows 2008 Clients on 2003 Server - Group Policy Issues

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Hi,

We are currently developing our new Vista Desktop build which is going to be sat on a Windows 2003 server domain. I have everything working nicely apart from the new Group Policy Preferences.

I am managing group policy from the Vista Workstation, and I have installed the client side extensions on the 2003 server (R2,Enterprise,SP2) but I am finding that when I specify, for example, to place an icon on the desktop for users (User Config, Preferences,Shortcuts,Notepad Shortcut) that it is not doing this. But if I join my Vista workstation to a 2008 server then it works perfectly.

Is there something that I have missed?

Thanks
Matt
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by:Netman66
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Are you enabling the Preference by turning the link under it green?

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In what sense do you mean by turning it green?

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Matt
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Hi All,

I have been looking at the above suggestion - Enabling the preference by turning the link green - but this does not come across very clear. I notice a green marker when I make the policy object - but does this mean it is enforced?

Any screenies available?

Thanks
Matt
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I'll get back to you later tonight on this, I have a plane to catch shortly.

In the meantime, in Group Policy Preferences there is a link below each setting that you must use Function keys to enable.

I think I have something on this on my blog:  http://msmvps.com/blogs/netman66/archive/2008/06/10/group-policy-preferences-server-2008.aspx

Cheers,
NM
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Thanks for that Netman - Can I just give you some of my screenies, it might make more sense this way....

Call me thick - but I cannot see where the "F Keys" come into play...

Cheers
Matt
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by:Netman66
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Those are registry entries, not Preferences.

You specified Preferences in your first post, but these screenshots are dealing with setting registry entries.

Looking at that setting, did you create the new policy from a Vista workstation?

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Hi Netman,

There seams to be some confusions - I am setting these entries under the preferences section of group policy - I am setting them from Vista using the RSAT tools. I am having problems with everything under the preferences tab.

Thanks
Matt
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Did you prep your 2003 domain with the /gpprep switch?
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No I have not, I didnt read this in the documentation - should I be doing this and is there a possible inpact for this?

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Matt
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yes, you will need to prep the domain for the new group policy changes.  I believe the command is "adprep /domainprep /gpprep"  It must be run from the 2008 install CD under /sources/adprep/
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Sorry, it will not impact your domain or any existing policies.  However, I would create new policies to test the changes in GP.  I made the mistake of editing an existing policy and had some minor issues.
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