Win2k3 doesn't enforce Win2k8 Global Policy

Server 1 = Win2k3 Standard ( No R2 ), Latest SP, Hotfixes, Updates, 32bit
Server 2 = Win2k8 R2 Standard, Latest SP, Hotfixes, Updates, 64 Bit

I have a problem where I have two DC's in a domain. I have created a Global Policy under User Config in Server 2 using the GP Preferences. However, when you view the GP in Server 1, it does NOT show the policies under User Config Preferences. Infact, when creating a GP in Server 1, it doesn't show Preferences as an option. I've installed Windows-KB943729-x86-ENU.exe on Server 1, but that hasn't changed anything.

I'm including two snapshots. Each showing the GP on their respective servers. I would be extremely grateful if someone could help me in getting Server 1 to work with GP Preferences :)


Win2k3GP.jpg
Win2k8GP.jpg
fgarufijrAsked:
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Mike ThomasConnect With a Mentor ConsultantCommented:
It should work this MS article list some pre reqs at the bottom though for "XmlLite" has this been installed?

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/943729
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Mike ThomasConsultantCommented:
Preferences only exist on 2008, you should really be doing all management from your 2008 server or connecting managemnt tools to that server.

Just forget about the 2003 server now and look at upgrading it.







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fgarufijrAuthor Commented:
I created the GP in Win2k8.... When some workstations weren't showing the GP, I went and did a RSOP.msc to see if the policy came down to the workstation. Thats when I noticed that they didn't get the User Preferences, so they must have gotten the policy from Server 1 which is the Win2k3 server.

Is there a way to make sure that workstations only look at the Win2k8 server to get its policy updates?
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Mike ThomasConsultantCommented:
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fgarufijrAuthor Commented:
Sorry... They are Win 7 Pro clients.
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fgarufijrAuthor Commented:
I'm attaching a screenshot of the Win7 RSOP.MSC. You will notice in the screenshot that the GP for the Computer Config has come down, but the User Config has not due to Preferences
Win7GP.jpg
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Mike ThomasConsultantCommented:
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fgarufijrAuthor Commented:
Thanks Mojo....

I've read the entire article and from what I've read, I should be able to see the User Preferences in GPM on my Win2k3 DC after installing KB943729... And yet, I still cant.

Basically, the short of the article is that with KB943729 installed, Preferences should be enabled in Group Policy.

Does it matter that the DC is NOT Win2k3 R2??
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fgarufijrAuthor Commented:
Yep... XMLLite must be installed. I just downloaded it from the link in that article and it said that my service pack is newer than the file that was being installed so there was no need to apply that update.
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