GPMC- on windows 7

Posted on 2011-05-11
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
I believe WIndows 2008 Domain controllers have new features in the Group policy Settings, such as Preference. The features I liked in the preferences are the map drives and map printers. In the old versions of DCs we'll have to create a script and assign it for instance to user login.
Now, we have windows 2003 Domain. I thought about adding windows 2008 DC, then I will take advantage of the new features I mentioned, but I guess I don't need to go that far adding windows 2008 DC, I can just install new version of GPMC in windows 7, and this will enable me to use the new features just the same as having windows 2008 DC in the domain.
I have not tried this yet (installed new GPMS in Windows7), but I was wondering if any expert out there tried this approach of installing new GPMC in Windows 7 and whether they were anle to take advantage of the new feature of windows 2008 DC.

Question by:jskfan
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    To take advantage of the 2008 GPP items you must extend your forest and domain schemas.  Simply installing the newest GPMC on Windows 7 won't take care of that.


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    when adding windows 2008 DC  to windows 2003 domain, would this automatically extend the schema?
    Windows 2003 Domain and functional level should stay at windows 2003 though.
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    You would have to extend the Schema before you can promote your first 2008 server as a DC, so yes.  Extending the Schema will not elevate AD to 2008 functional level.


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