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I'm pretty new to group policies.  I've dabbled with disabling Windows features and such, but never used GPO's for their true potential.  I want to implement a group policy server on my network, mostly for the purpose of publishing software to AD users and assigning printers.  My network still has a Windows 2003 domain controller at the heart of it, but there are several Windows 2008 R2 servers as well.  My question is, where would I install the GPMC features?  Do they need installed on the DC, or can I install it on any server?  
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by:Joseph Moody
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Group policy is already installed when you set up a domain. On a windows 7 machine, install RSAT. This will give you the group policy management console.
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GPMC is included as standard in 2008, with 2003 it can be installed if its not there already.

It must be installed/used on a machine that has the Admin Tools/Remote Server Admin Tools installed, this need not be the DC.
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by:ND02G
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Thanks KCTS, that question being answered.. Would it be better practice to have an entire server dedicated to group policies?  Or is that overkill?  I have maybe 200 AD users total...
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by:Mike Kline
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Good screenshots of the GPMC install in 2008 R2  http://www.gpanswers.com/home/135-gpmc/668-group-policy-the-gpmcits-part-of-the-operating-system.html

If you are new to group policy the most important thing is always try and test first before deploying a policy.  (even if it is just to test OU if you don't have a lab)

You may also want to look into some of these resources  http://adisfun.blogspot.com/2009/07/group-policy-recomendations.html

Thanks

Mike
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by:kevinhsieh
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You should install on Windows 7 and/or Windows 2008 R2. You won't have access to all of the policy settings if you are doing configuration from XP/2003.

To do printer assignments your XP clients need to be running SP3 (which they should be anyway) and Group Policy Preferences.  It can be installed manually or through WSUS. I don't know if a machine just using Automatic Updates will get it.  
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by:KCTS
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The Group policies will be stored on the DC(s) - The GPMC simply allows them to be edited - they will still be stored on the DC(s) even if you enit them from another machine.
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I'll be handing out 500 points questions all week until I get this up and running.  If anyone wants to follow me on EE and lend a hand, it will be rewarded nicely :)
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