Windows 7 Managment within 2003 R2 / 2008 (non-R2) domain

Zach2001
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Hi,
I wonder if somebody could confirm my fears?
We have just started rolling out some new machines with Windows 7 into our domain, which has Server 2008 & Server 2003R2 DCs.
Do we need to buy Server 2008 R2 in order to do simple things like:
1)      View the event logs of the Windows 7 clients via Computer Management ?
2)      Deploy Windows 7 specific GPO’s (Such as 'Disable or enable software Secure Attention Sequence') ?
I realise we could also purchase Windows 7 and deploy that with server management tools, and manually copy across ADM files but this is both inelegant and a faff – as well as using up precious VM resources.
What I’d like to be able to do is just manage the Windows 7 machines like we do the XP machines.  

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Commented:
You can only manage the Windows 7 GPO's from a Windows 7 client. Windows Server 2003 doesn't support the new admx files that W7 uses.

You'll also need the Windows 7 RSAT from Microsoft for your Windows 7 (administrator's) clients -

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=7d2f6ad7-656b-4313-a005-4e344e43997d&displaylang=en

Lee
Lee OsborneSenior Infrastructure Engineer

Commented:
Also, you can't view Windows 7 event logs from XP or 2003, but you can from 2008.

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I can't view the event logs from our 2008 DC - I thought I would need Windows 7 or 2008 R2 for this too.  You certain about the 2008 thing ?
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Lee OsborneSenior Infrastructure Engineer

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Yep, just tried it on my 2008 Standard SP2 (not R2) server!

Administrative Tools > Event Viewer > (Right Click) > Connect to another computer

It sounds like you know that bit anyway, but yes, I've just double checked it.

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aha, SP2 might be the missing link there, I'll upgrade one of them and try again...  cheers.
Will see if a bright-spark has a magic idea re GPO deployment, if not will give you your points shortly.

z
Lee OsborneSenior Infrastructure Engineer

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No problem at all, Zach. Hopefully SP2 will sort it out for you too.

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