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System Restore Settings

Hi experts

First question on here...

Can I manage system restore settings of the computers I manage using group policy?

If yes, let me know which setting and if not, is there any alternative to centrally manage this?

Thanks

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cloudituk
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vmwarun - ArunCommented:
You can disable System Restore using the Computer Configuration Template under
Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> System -> System Restore.
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clouditukAuthor Commented:
hi arun

I don't want to disable it, I want to control the amount of space it uses. For example I want to say, all comptuers should use only 2% of disc space for System Restore.

I already know about disabling.
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vmwarun - ArunCommented:
If you are trying to enable System Restore in an Active Directory Domain Environment, then I would suggest not to use it.
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Jim P.Commented:
Sorry to be a google monkey, but does this answer the question?

http://www.theeldergeek.com/re-enable_system_restore.htm
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dan_blagutCommented:
Hello

In the registry you have a key named HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\SystemRestore\DiskPercent. Setting this key at a value will change the anount of disk used by system restore. You can do that using a reg file insered in the logon script.

Dan
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johnb6767Commented:
If you dont have local admins, then use a Machine Startup Script.....

Or create a custom ADM template....

Reg2ADM
http://yizhar.mvps.org/
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clouditukAuthor Commented:
Hi Dan

I like your idea.

Now if I understand the group policies correctly, aren't all GP settings effectively registry settings which are applied when the GP is applied?

If that's correct, there should be a way to convert the reg settings into a GP template or something.

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dan_blagutCommented:
If you try to look into the adm files you will see that 90% are registry keys. I will try to modify one adm for you.

Dan
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clouditukAuthor Commented:
That's great dan

Look forward to the adm file.
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johnb6767Commented:
"If that's correct, there should be a way to convert the reg settings into a GP template or something."

The link I posted for Reg2Adm does just that.
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dan_blagutCommented:
Can you tell me what version of adm do you use?
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dan_blagutCommented:
Hello

I tried to modify the adm, to generate a custom adm, nothing works.
But, you can inject the key into the registry using a script that you link in a gpo as computer startup script. That way the script will be executed as SYSTEM, so no worry about permission for user.

Dan
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clouditukAuthor Commented:
Hi Dan

That's fine. Can you give me a reg file?

Cloudit
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dan_blagutCommented:
Hello

The file must contain this:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\SystemRestore]

"DiskPercent"=dword:00000009

You can edit the value en hex. Here the percent is 9%, by default is 0000000c =12%

dan
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clouditukAuthor Commented:
Hi Dan

This is excellent.

I will try this out and let you know.

Do you know if this will work for all platforms i.e. XP, Vista and 7 or will we have to try differnt things for different platforms?

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dan_blagutCommented:
XP OK
7 NOK
Vista I can't test, but I presume NOK (similar with 7)

I will try to search a solution for Vista/7
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clouditukAuthor Commented:
Hi Dan

That's fine, if you do find a solution let me know.

I do play around with GPOs a lot so I will also see if there is a way to add a registry value using GPO in Win7/Vista.

cloudit
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dan_blagutCommented:
In the same optic, you have that for Vista:

http://www.vista4beginners.com/System-Restore-Space-Used

Dan
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clouditukAuthor Commented:
Hi Dan

I can't believe I forgot abt this.

Only yesterday I used this command to change it on a Vista PC I have.
Add this as computer startup script and we are done.
I am sure it works for Windows 7 as wel....

So once I have tested the XP regfile, its all done...excellent.

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Jim P.Commented:
Just as a tool tip, if you have any NT/98/95 machines use "REGEDIT4" and will work with "Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00" files/editor.

If you want to blow out a key do a minus before: [-HKEY_HIVE\KEY\KEY].

To blow out a subvalue do a
[HKEY_HIVE\KEY\KEY]
"TestValue"=-

A lot of times, it I am doing a whole registry I will blow out the reg key and re-add it in the same file as in:
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
[-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\SystemRestore]

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\SystemRestore]
"DiskPercent"=dword:00000009
"RPSessionInterval"=dword:00000001
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Another thing to do is create your own registry key to check for login scripts have run:
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\MyCompany]
"MyAppConfig" = "20104222"
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Then as part of the script you do a regread to see if MyAppConfig exists with the right value. That way you only run it once.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/310516
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clouditukAuthor Commented:
Good stuff
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