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Windows 7x64 Clients GPO on 2003 Domain

We have recently begun deploying Windows 7 x64 PCs on our 2003 x86 domain, but due to budgeting constraints we have not been able to update the domain controllers accordingly.

My question is, can a Windows 2003 x86 domain still manage the Windows 7 x64 PCs through GPOs or does a DC need to be installed at the 2008 R2 level to administer the Windows 7 clients. Reason being, we are seeing some discrepancies between the 2003 GPOs and the Windows 7 clients.  

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Mike Kline

8/22/2022 - Mon

No, GPO configurations for W2K3 and W2K8 are the same regarding Windows Updates. You can use a W2K3 DC to configure your WSUS policy without having to upgrade your DC to 2008.

Thanks for the response, but my concern is with the 2003 DC applying group policies to the Windows 7 64 bit PCs (Proxy settings, etc). Not necessarily concerned with windows updates since all that is handled through Vmare Protect.

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Is there any difference between the GPOs between x86 and x64 PCs.
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No, GPOs apply to both architectures.
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