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Add Registry Key through GPO

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I am looking for the best way to add registry keys for desktops and server through GPO.  I am open to computer scripting, even if through PowerShell.  I'll offer 500 because I need to do this by today.  Thanks in advance.  The Domain Functional Level is 2003.
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I am assuming you don't have GPP as the DFL is 2003, all though it is by far the easiest way.

This is from a script I have... this part sets a proxy so I don't have to keep opening internet options:
(IPs even though they are not publicly routable are removed)

#Set variables
$Proxy = "10.x.x.x"
$Port = "xxx"
$Override = "localhost;127.0.0.1;"
#Set reg keys
Set-ItemProperty “HKCU:\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings” -Name ProxyEnable -Value 1
Set-ItemProperty “HKCU:\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings” -Name ProxyServer -Value $Proxy”:”$Port
Set-ItemProperty “HKCU:\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings” -Name ProxyOverride -Value $Override 

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If you need more help than this, let me know what keys you are trying to set.  It is pretty easy to use PS, Batch, or VBScript to set reg keys... you can then set it as a logon script through Group Policy
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Anyone can have GPPs with 2003 as a server and xp or higher as clients. Simply use RSAT from any winvista/7/8 workstation, connect your GPMC to 2003 server and you're good to go. Clients (xp/vista yes, but not 7/8) need the update kb 943729 installed to understand GPPs.
If this seems too much for now, use a startup script if you need to add keys to HKLM or a logo script for HKCU. Simply
regedit /s regfile.reg
that's all.
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by:j0s3ph
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@McKnife - I see I was looking under Group Policy and not Group Policy Preference.  I want to add the Registry key (doesn't exist) on XP machines.  We also need to make other changes to Windows 7 and Server 2003 and 2008(r2).  You said at a Domain Functional Level of 2003 I'll need GPE's for Windows 7?  Does that mean I'll need them for Server 2008 R2?  Thanks again for the help.
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The patch needed to understand GPPs applies to xp/vista/2003 and 2008 server, not 2008 R2, not win7/8, not 2012.
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by:Nagendra Pratap Singh
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You can use a startup script in registry. You are free to do whatever you want then.
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The Group Policy Preferences was what I needed instead of Group Policy for changing the registry.
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