[gptalk] Re: Configuring Power Options with GPP

  • From: "Nelson, Jamie R" <Jamie.Nelson@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <gptalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 22 May 2008 19:22:12 -0500

Darren,

I just found this in the Help documentation under "Configure a Windows
XP Power Scheme Item":

--------------------    
Additional considerations

If a user Power Scheme item processes after a computer Power Scheme
item, user power scheme settings replace the active settings, which may
have been made active previously by a computer or user Power Scheme
item.

The local administrator and power users can manually change their power
scheme settings using the control panel; other users cannot. Regardless,
the settings configured for users become active when they log on and
remain so even after they log off.

Settings applied to the computer become active when the computer is
started without a logged-on user. However, Power Scheme preference
items, which support Group Policy background refreshes, can reset power
scheme settings when computer policy is applied without a logged-on
user.
--------------------

So based on what this is saying, there really is no difference in
applying settings to the computer vs. the user except that computer
settings take effect immediately. Once a user policy is applied, it
stays in effect after logoff and the computer policies aren't applied
again until the machine is rebooted. However, it still doesn't explain
why the computer policy is getting applied at background refresh while a
user is still logged on. That, I think, is the main problem here.

Jamie Nelson | Systems Engineer | Systems Support, Information
Technology | I N T E G R I S Health | Phone 405.552.0903 | Fax
405.553.5687 | http://www.integrisok.com

-----Original Message-----
From: gptalk-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:gptalk-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]
On Behalf Of Darren Mar-Elia
Sent: Thursday, May 22, 2008 6:55 PM
To: gptalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [gptalk] Re: Configuring Power Options with GPP

Would be interesting to try settung the GPP CSE to process even if there
have been no GP changes. 

-----Original Message-----
From: "Nelson, Jamie R" <Jamie.Nelson@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: gptalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Sent: 5/22/2008 4:45 PM
Subject: [gptalk] Re: Configuring Power Options with GPP

Darren,

It only appears to ignore the user policies during a background refresh
when a scheme is also configured on the computer side. If I remove all
computer side configuration then it behaves as I want it to. The scheme
with highest precedence is applied regardless of background/foreground
refresh.

Strange to say the least...

Jamie Nelson | Systems Engineer | Systems Support, Information
Technology | I N T E G R I S Health | Phone 405.552.0903 | Fax
405.553.5687 | http://www.integrisok.com


-----Original Message-----
From: gptalk-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:gptalk-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]
On Behalf Of Darren Mar-Elia
Sent: Thursday, May 22, 2008 6:20 PM
To: gptalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [gptalk] Re: Configuring Power Options with GPP

I wouldn't think so. I will forward to MS and see what they say.

Darren

-----Original Message-----
From: "Nelson, Jamie R" <Jamie.Nelson@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: gptalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Sent: 5/22/2008 4:15 PM
Subject: [gptalk] Re: Configuring Power Options with GPP

Positive. There appears to be something different between a foreground
and background refresh in this case. Here's another test I just did:

 

1)      Computer Configuration set to apply "Always On" scheme (GPO has
lowest precedence)

2)      User configuration set to apply "Home/Office Desk" scheme

3)      User configuration set to apply "Portable/Laptop" scheme (GPO
has highest precedence and should win out regardless of
foreground/background refresh).

4)      Manually set scheme to "Max Battery"

5)      Reboot machine

6)      Logon as user affected by policies 2 & 3. Power scheme is set to
"Portable/Laptop" (as expected).

7)      Run gpupdate

8)      Power scheme is set to "Always On" from GPO in step 1.

 

So, it appears that the schemes I configured on the user side are being
totally ignored when GPP processes during a background refresh. Surely
this is not by design is it?

 


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