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How to use Group Policy in Windows 7/2003 SBS environment

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I have windows 7 pro operating in a windows 2003 small business server environment. I have recently downloaded RSAT tools and enabled the feature. I have started up group policy on my windows 7 machine and I wanted to make a policy to turn on screen saver lock. I have found the policy under:

User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Control Panel\Personalization

and I have enabled Password Protect screensaver and screen saver timeout.  I placed the policy under Forest/Domains/Domain Name/My Business/computers/sbscomputers and I have done a gpupdate in a command prompt. Some reason it did not push the policy. Can somebody please help me and tell me what I did wrong? Why did the policy not get pushed at least to my machine that I set the policy for.  

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by:astevens_IT
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Try to turn off the firewall on the windows 7 pro machine and try again.
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by:jamar_roland
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I cant turn my windows firewall off. Its being controlled by Symantec Endpoint Protection.
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by:astevens_IT
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If you have administrator rights, then you should be able to disable the Symantec Endpoint Protection for a few minutes. When it's disabled run this command:

Start > Run > cmd
type "gpupdate /force"

Then see if the changes were made.
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When I say you should be able to disable it, I'm saying right-clicking and selecting "disable."
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No Luck, Do I have to do anything to the server? I have Group Policy on my Windows 7 machine but do my 2003 sbs need to have anything to do with pushing a policy?
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When you made this rule on the server, did you run gpupdate /force on the server?
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by:jamar_roland
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No I ran gpupdate /f from the windows 7 machine
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When you make changes to the group policies on windows server, you have to run gpupdate /force to apply the changes. Try it on the server then see if your windows 7 PC gets updated.
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by:jamar_roland
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Well I cant install RSAT tools on my 2003 sbs server. The requirements said to only install on a windows 7 operating system. I did the gpupdate on my server and still no luck.
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jamar_roland earned 0 total points
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Nevermind found the Answer

http://community.spiceworks.com/how_to/show/1114

ADMX File was the answer. It synchs the policy folder thats created when installing the RSAT tools.
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