Mobile laptops

We have about 3-400 mobile laptop users that never work on the compagny network. OS is windows xp. Is there any way to control these computers settings and contents in a way that mimics AD GPO functionality. Thinking host/client-agent solution or something
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Cloud based computer server with Linux with active directory services will allow you to manage it much like a domain controller for windows plus with cloud hosting it's scalable.
eltel-it-norAuthor Commented:
Could you elaborate on this please? You mean set up linux server with bind? Acessible from where? DMZ? Would not something like a "pre boot" VPN solution be more applicable? Cisco can offer a solution like this, but i dont know it is compatible with juniper hardware, which is what we have on VPN.
Could you write a simple bat script that would execute after the users connected with a VPN

script would be:
gpupdate /force

This would at least keep them updated.
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Looking at XP a little further, the scheduled tasks don't have that many options as vista and 7 do.  You could blindly have it run once a day, say at noon.  Or bundle it with a business application shortcut to run because you know they would be connected to the VPN.
eltel-it-norAuthor Commented:
We went with Windows 7 Enterprise and a DirectAccess server.

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