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I have a domain with a Server 2003 DC and a Server 2008 DC.  The domain and forest functional levels are Server 2003.  I tried to setup group policy for screen saver timeout by editing group policy on the 2008 DC but was unable to do so.  Normally on 2003, I would take the following steps:

Active Directory Users and Computers -> Right click on domain -> Click on Properties -> select Group Policy tab -> select Default Domain Policy and click the edit button.  From there I can see the Screen Saver policies.

On the 2008 DC, the process is different.  Following the same steps fails on the Properties screen.  There is no Group Policy tab.  

How do I accomplish group policy edits on the 2008 DC?  I would like to retire the Server 2003 at some point.
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by:Mike Kline
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You have to use the Group Policy Management Console (GPMC) to view/edit/ work with group policies.

More on that here   http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc753298.aspx

You can add GPMC via a feature or powershell   http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc725932.aspx

Thanks

Mike
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Please have a look at:
http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Server/2003_Server/Q_28309192.html

there you can see my solution and try to apply it to your domain.
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by:crickard62
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Knowing about GPMC helps definitely helped - thank you.  But that only solved part of the problem.  I still don't see the GPO settings correctly.  

Under Server 2003, the display GPO settings are in the User Configuration section of the GPO under Administrative Templates/Control Panel/Display.  On Server 2008, the settings are in the User Configuration section of the GPO under Administrative Templates/Control Panel/Personalization.  That said, the Enable screen saver and Screen saver timeout settings on 2008 are not configured even though I set the corresponding properties on 2003.  

Is there a way to get the 2003 GPO settings to automatically propagate over to the corresponding 2008 GPO settings?  Maybe a more general way to ask the question is how can I find all my 2003 GPO settings and find the corresponding 2008 GPO settings and make sure they are set correctly on both DCs?
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by:Krokodili
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That's what you should do. You should create a PolicyDefinitions folder under Sysvol, and make it your Central Store.

First you must create a folder on the domain controller,
name the folder PolicyDefinitions, and store the folder at:
C:\Windows\SYSVOL\sysvol\{Domain Name}\Policies\
This folder will now be your Central Store.
You must then copy all the contents of the Windows Server 2008 under
C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions folder to the Central Store.
The ADML files in this folder are also in a language-specific folder (such as en-US).
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