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Group Policy Setting to hide Action Center for Server 2008 non R2

I would like to hide the Action Center on my Windows 7 systems.  My domain controllers are Windows Server 2008 and 2003.  I have two DC's that are Windows Server 2008 R2 in branch offices which will allow me to enable the policy setting to hide the Action Center, but it does not appear to affect my systems in the HQ.  I believe I need to add a template to my existing DC's on running Server 2008.  Am I correct? Can this be done? Or is there another way to hide the Action Center.
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ohmErnie
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Joseph MoodyBlogger and wearer of all hats.Commented:
You need to create the GPO from a windows 7 machine to see those settings.

You also will want to look into creating a central store. This will allow you to keep all of your GP settings in sync across multiple OS'
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ohmErnieAuthor Commented:
I don't quite understand your response.  I have a Group Policy Objects folder for my domain already that contains all my Group Policies that are linked to individual Organizational Units.  I have a GP created for my workstations.
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CKabsCommented:
Ernie, this is a Server 2008 R2 setting... That's why its working from there and not other DC's. Creating a central store is a good idea in terms of GPO management but will not aide in removing the action center.

However the best way to assure this applies to all workstations is to do this by disabling the reg key. To do so see bellow:
To disable the icon:
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer]
 "HideSCAHealth"=dword:00000001

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Apply that in the User config on your DC.
Reference:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee617161%28v=ws.10%29.aspx
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CKabsCommented:
Also, just an FYI on creating central stores:

http://www.petri.co.il/creating-group-policy-central-store.htm
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CKabsCommented:
Any results from this?
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ohmErnieAuthor Commented:
I have created the central store and the policy option is enabled to hide the action center, but it does not hide the action center for any locations (I may have misspoken earlier).  I have not tried the registry entry.  I guess I don't understand why this is necessary.
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CKabsCommented:
Ernie, the reg setting is necessary to compensate for the lack of that GPO setting in your Windows 2003 and Windows 2008 (Not R2) servers.
If you have weighting configured and workstations are authenticating to the Windows 2003 or Windows 2008 (Not R2) servers then that setting will not be applied because it does not exist in those server versions. You can make a GPO that applies to the entire domain using that registry setting instead of using the setting on the Windows 2008 R2 server since that setting is not backward compatible. Once you have the reg key tested and functioning you can just disable/delete the other GPO you created on the Windows 2008 R2 server.
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