Solved

Changing multiple control panel settings with Local Group Policy

Posted on 2016-08-01
5
17 Views
Last Modified: 2016-09-25
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
0
Comment
Question by:Garrett
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 2
  • 2
5 Comments
 
LVL 22

Expert Comment

by:Joseph Moody
ID: 41737836
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.
0
 
LVL 1

Author Comment

by:Garrett
ID: 41737860
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.
0
 
LVL 22

Accepted Solution

by:
Joseph Moody earned 500 total points
ID: 41737886
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
1
 
LVL 1

Author Comment

by:Garrett
ID: 41737912
Thanks man appreciate it!
0

Featured Post

Free Tool: Site Down Detector

Helpful to verify reports of your own downtime, or to double check a downed website you are trying to access.

One of a set of tools we are providing to everyone as a way of saying thank you for being a part of the community.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Suggested Solutions

Learn how to PXE Boot both BIOS & UEFI machines with DHCP Policies and Custom Vendor Classes
Read about why it is more lucrative for an IT company to participate in government projects.
Internet Business Fax to Email Made Easy - With  eFax Corporate (http://www.enterprise.efax.com), you'll receive a dedicated online fax number, which is used the same way as a typical analog fax number. You'll receive secure faxes in your email, f…
Here's a very brief overview of the methods PRTG Network Monitor (https://www.paessler.com/prtg) offers for monitoring bandwidth, to help you decide which methods you´d like to investigate in more detail.  The methods are covered in more detail in o…

733 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question