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Changing multiple control panel settings with Local Group Policy

Posted on 2016-08-01
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I work IT for a company that manages about 200 systems 100 of those being Windows based.
I'm T1 so that means I get to do all the fun stuff like updating, installing, and preparing systems for new users. This has to do with setting up new systems with the applications and settings that are standard across our network.

Now the question:
Is it possible to change multiple settings in control panel through local group policy then could I take that policy, copy it, and paste it over the policy of another computer?

I would absolutely love to just straight clone the system with all the preset settings and applications from our network, but we run into licensing issues with our enterprise license.

The goal would be to make my turn around time faster so that I could pump out new systems in a matter of a couple of hours instead of most of the day.  

Any suggestions will be happily taken into consideration!

Thanks,
Garrett
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by:Joseph Moody
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Why not set this in a GPO (or multiple GPOs) that are linked to an OU? This would make it very easy to see what settings are being configured and you wouldn't need to visit machines physically to make future changes.
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by:Garrett
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Network administrator doesn't want to take the time to write multiple group policies and have the machine restart multiple times etc. He said the time save would be minimal, but when I'm doing it over and over again on multiple machines it amounts to a lot of time saved. We are looking into smart deploy, but I am trying to find a way to do what I manually do almost automatically.
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Joseph Moody earned 500 total points
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You got a lazy network administrator then. Most GPOs do not require a single reboot - they process on first startup or with a gpupdate (between 1.5 and 2 hours automatically or manually).

But here are the steps on doing it yourself: http://www.frickelsoft.net/blog/?p=31
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by:Garrett
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Thanks man appreciate it!
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