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to push out Group Policies to windows 7 users do you need to be on Windows Server 2008 with 2008 Active Directory
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brwwigginsIT ManagerCommented:
Yes, Group Policies come from a domain controller.

Many of the similar settings can be applied locally via the machine settings but if you want to do it centrally you will need Active Directory.
robertmayhue_iiiAuthor Commented:
does it have to be 2008 Active Directory
   You can utilize the local group policy of the machines.   However, 'pushing' to them is something that may need to be worked on.  Are they logging in locally or is there a different method of logon (netware, etc)?

   You can set up a login script local to every machine and have that direct them to a fileshare on the workgroup with the most current instructions.  That could purpose as your 'push' at login and then you can update local policies with that file.
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Actually Win 7 group policy requires Server 2008 R2 for full compatability
The answer is not no and it is not yes either.

A lot of the 2003 GPO will publish to a Win 7 machine, but a lot of the scripting will fail because of the change in permission settings in Win7.  

2008 will completely work with 7 however you would do away with scripting completely and use GPP for printer pushing and configuration

If you still have XP in the 08 domain you would also need to deploy the GPP update to XP.  I forget the exact KB number for it but it is easy to find.

robertmayhue_iiiAuthor Commented:
We currently have Windows 2003 Server, so in order to push these out centrally we have to upgrade to 2008.
brwwigginsIT ManagerCommented:
A lot of the settings in 2003 domain will apply to Windows 7 machines...but some of the newer features will require 08.

Here is a reference that shows the group policy settings based on the different versions

robertmayhue_iiiAuthor Commented:
We will try this
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