Upgarding Windows Server 2008 Enterprise DC to Window 2012 DC and editing GPO for Windows XP client


We are using Windows Server 2008 Enterprise which is our main DC and the secondary DC  is on Windows Server 2008  R2 Standard which is on Physical servers.

We going to  Virtualise our servers  with VMware . The most of our  400 clients are on Windows XP. when my predessorrs left they told that the GPO was configured for Windows XP.

Now we started slowly introducing windows 7 on our network without making any changes to GPO and we have 30 clients at the moment and when users  login from a windows 7 client into the domain some of the policies dosent get applied. For eg the   windows 7 clients can see RDP  and command prompt, whereas windows XP cant see these options.

Firstly,  Do i need to create a seperate group policy for windows 7 clients so that the policies what ever we specify gets applied to windows 7 clients.

Secondly is it  a good idea  to to upgrade our DC from windows 2008 Enterprise to  Window 2012 Domain Controller.

Thirdly , If i upgrade will there be any problems for the  windows XP clients logging and applying the policies and do i need to create a new Group policy.

Any help much appreciated

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Erik BjersConnect With a Mentor Principal Systems AdministratorCommented:
As your existing policies were created for Windows XP they would not have the proper templates to work with Windows 7, this is understandable as the settings in Windows 7 did not exist at the time.

The first thing you could try is updating your templates (ADM files).  Take a look at

If this does not work then you need to look through the existing policies and you may have to make additional settings for them to work on Win 7.

As far as upgrading to Svr 2012, I would say no unless you have a specific need that only 2012 can provide.  I make it a general rule not to us a MS server product until R2 is out except in special need circumstances.

lianne143Author Commented:
Is it a good idea to create two different OUs  and create 2 different GPO.

One for Teachers and another for students and when ever I add windows 7 PCs on to the domain , I can add them to the specify OUs , so that the new Group policies get applied appropriately .
How will the default GPO get applied to the Windows 7 PCs.
Please suggest.

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