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Can I add or modify the registry via Group Policy?

Posted on 2009-07-16
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I want to configure the registry, on about 100 pc's, without having to physically touch each one.  Is there a way to accomplish this through a GPO?
If not, does anyone have any suggestions? Thanks in advance!
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This article points to creating a custom .ADM in group policy
http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/forum-replies-archive.cfm/789478.html

You could also export the key you want changed into a .REG file and use:
REG IMPORT yourregistryfile.REG
in your logon script.
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I'm going to give those a try, thanks!
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I usually do this via a script  as spamster suggests.  

Create/export a registry file with the settings you need.  Then create a batchfile with the line "regedit /s filename.reg".  Next go to either Computer Configuration > Windows Settings > Scripts (Startup/Shutdown) and add a new startup script referencing your batchfile or (for user settings) go to User Configuration > Windows Settings > Scripts (Logon/Logoff) and add a new logon script referencing your batchfile.  Then, copy the batchfile and the reg file to the location of the script (click the "Show Files" button and copy there).  Now your files will be copied on startup/login.  You can always disable the script once you've confirmed all computers have been updated.

Make sure you use "regedit /s" since the /s option runs everything silently without user interaction.

Alternatively, for computer-wide settings you could setup a GPO on the DC and hop into Computer Configuration > Windows Settings > Security Settings > Registry and add the relevant keys there.

Good luck, hope this helps.
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