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We have win2003 domain controllers and a mix of winxp and win7 clients. I have win2008 machine that I can use to edit the group policies.

As I understand if you are using a central store for admx files you can push down configurations to win7 clients.

What I wanted to know is can you use all the win2008 features under windows settings registry or ini files. Or will those features work only if you are using win2008 domain controllers?

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by:Mike Kline
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There aer some settings that will only apply to 2008/R2/Vista.  Download the GP spreadsheets

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=18c90c80-8b0a-4906-a4f5-ff24cc2030fb&displaylang=en

You can filter on supported on to see what applies to what OS

One of the big things you now get is group policy preferences, and for that the 7 or 2008 box work fine...doesn't need to be a DC, good overview here http://www.gpoguy.com/Portals/0/Group%20Policy%20Preferences%20Overview.pdf

...and more indepth into GPP from TechEd Australia a few months ago   http://www.msteched.com/2010/Australia/CLI303

Now that you have introduced the 2008 and 7 boxes try to only edit GP from those uplevel machines see this answer I helped with   http://www.experts-exchange.com/Software/Server_Software/File_Servers/Active_Directory/Q_26418055.html

Thanks

Mike
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by:Chromis
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To be honest I was trying to avoid reading pages of information. I just needed to know if in this situation I could use all the features under windows setting preferences, such as registry, ini files, shortcuts and so forth.

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Mike Kline earned 2000 total points
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So the quick answer is yes....but at least read this   http://www.gpoguy.com/Portals/0/Group%20Policy%20Preferences%20Overview.pdf

Short and to the point by the top GP MVP.

Thanks

Mike
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