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Run .reg file with login via AD

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I need to push af .reg import file to user i AD. I need to do it like a login.bat file.

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One option is to do that with registry preference items using the Group Policy Management Console:
Registry Extension
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc771589.aspx

If you want to do it with a .reg file after all, you can use the command line tool "reg.exe" to import the reg file.
Save the reg file in the netlogon folder, and use this line in your batch:
reg.exe import "%logonserver%\netlogon\TheRegistryFile.reg

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ok thanks... so i need to put the file i wish to import i the netlogon folder?
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Not necessarily, it could be anywhere where your users have access to it, but since you're planning to run it as part of a logon script, the netlogon folder is a logical choice.
Just noticed that in the the command above, the closing double quote went AWOL; it should of course have been
reg.exe import "%logonserver%\netlogon\TheRegistryFile.reg"

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This is only merge right? it is not overwrithing the hole file?
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What do you mean with "this is only merge"? The "reg.exe import ..." command has the exact same result as double-clicking the reg file and clicking "yes" on regedit's dialog box, or starting regedit.exe and using the "File > Import..." function.
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Yes, it's just a merge. Be aware that logon scripts run in the users' security context, they will not be able to change anything below the HKLM hive, for example.
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