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Power options preferences XP GPO

I have tried setting the GPO power options on XP SP3 machine running with no luck.

I installed the client side update as well as setting the user and computer object setting based on the blog post below and the settings still won't apply. The goal is to set machines to turn of their monitors after an 1hr on idle

1. http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=3628 
2. http://blogs.technet.com/b/askds/archive/2009/12/11/windows-xp-power-management-and-group-policy-preferences.aspx

any other suggestion?
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ocanada_techguyCommented:
When the users are on the client machine, they may not be "administrators" of the box so they may not have "permission" for those power settings as a regular domain or power user.  You need to give them that permission so then the policy you've set for each of them will in fact take effect.   See: http://www.experts-exchange.com/Hardware/Laptops_Notebooks/Q_26753754.html
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yo_beeDirector of ITCommented:
Isn't that what GPO are for, Manage computer settings so you do not have to give elevated privileges to standard users?
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DelmirocAuthor Commented:
adding the user to the local admins group on the XP machine doesn't change anything. The power settings wont apply. any other suggestion?
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yo_beeDirector of ITCommented:

Do you have a Server 2008 or W7 RSAT in your environment?
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ocanada_techguyCommented:
You would think so, but as we've found, setting the GPO also requires setting the permissions template for that policy, no permission to with it no go, so following "option 2" in my referenced answer works with GPO
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DelmirocAuthor Commented:
yes we have 2008 server and win7 machines.
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yo_beeDirector of ITCommented:
You did not say whether you are using W7 RSAT GPMC or 2008 GPMC.
What type of server are you making the GPO Setting on?

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DelmirocAuthor Commented:
oh to set the group policies i'm using W7. I was going to ask you guys, would the power bios settings have anything to do with it? My goal is to turn off the monitor after an 1hr in idle. I'm not planning to hibernate these machines or use any other power management setting. Which you would think it would be easier to do.



 
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yo_beeDirector of ITCommented:
I would not think the BIOS has anything to do with the way the power settings are being handled.
Have you looked at your event logs for any group policy Warning, Errors of that nature.
Also you can run GPRESULT /h <filename.html>  to see what is applying and what is not.

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johnb6767Commented:
Unless I am just crazy...... Monitor Timeout should be configurable by a Limited User..... Hibernation cannot be altered by a limited user though..... Some of these are PER USER settings.

In a logon script....

powercfg /change "Scheme Name Here" /monitor-timeout-ac 60

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johnb6767Commented:
And you could also deny USERS access to powercfg.cpl to prevent any changes.....
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DelmirocAuthor Commented:
Well I check the logs and there was access denied even when the user that I was logging with had local admin rights. Instead of replacing the power options I did an update and it worked!.. the error went away and the power option policy finally applied. They are very trickie to get these working in XP.


Thanks
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DelmirocAuthor Commented:
thanks
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