[gptalk] Re: Confused about Vista Group Policies

  • From: "Darren Mar-Elia" <darren@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <gptalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 15 Jun 2007 06:58:20 -0700

Right, and if you want to automate it, I have a free "Central Store Creator"
utility on my website. Go to the Tools page (www.gpoguy.com/tools.htm) and
you'll see a link to it.

 

Darren

 

From: gptalk-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:gptalk-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On
Behalf Of Alan & Margaret
Sent: Friday, June 15, 2007 5:46 AM
To: gptalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [gptalk] Re: Confused about Vista Group Policies

 

Hi Jack,

 

You can either leave them on the workstation or create a central store. The
central store is created as follows:-

 

To create the central store


1.   Create the root folder for the central store

%systemroot%\sysvol\domain\policies\PolicyDefinitions on your domain
controller.

2.   Create a subfolder of
%systemroot%\sysvol\domain\policies\PolicyDefinitions for each language your
Group Policy administrators will use. Each subfolder is named after the
appropriate ISO-style Language/Culture Name. For a list of ISO-style
Language/Culture Names, see Locale Identifiers
<http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=56424> . For example, to create a
subfolder for U.S. English, create the subfolder:

%systemroot%\sysvol\domain\policies\PolicyDefinitions\EN-US.

 

You then copy the ADMX and ADML files from your Vista machine to this
directory.

 

The advantage of a central store is that all Vista machines will then use
the one set of ADMX files

 

Alan Cuthbertson

 

 Policy Management Software:-

http://www.sysprosoft.com/index.php?ref=activedir
<http://www.sysprosoft.com/index.php?ref=activedir&f=pol_summary.shtml>
&f=pol_summary.shtml

 

ADM Template Editor:-

http://www.sysprosoft.com/index.php?ref=activedir
<http://www.sysprosoft.com/index.php?ref=activedir&f=adm_summary.shtml>
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<http://www.sysprosoft.com/index.php?ref=activedir&f=policyreporter.shtml>
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From: gptalk-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:gptalk-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On
Behalf Of Kopenski, Jack
Sent: Friday, 15 June 2007 9:34 PM
To: gptalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [gptalk] Re: Confused about Vista Group Policies

 

Thanks, this helps.  One final question........

 

The ADMX files come with the Vista client..........do I need to copy them to
my domain controller?   

 

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From: gptalk-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:gptalk-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On
Behalf Of Darren Mar-Elia
Sent: Thursday, June 14, 2007 5:09 PM
To: gptalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [gptalk] Re: Confused about Vista Group Policies

Answers below Jack:

 

From: gptalk-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:gptalk-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On
Behalf Of Kopenski, Jack
Sent: Thursday, June 14, 2007 1:23 PM
To: gptalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [gptalk] Confused about Vista Group Policies

 

 

Sometimes the light has trouble getting through to my brain, so I need some
enlightenment about how Vista Group Policies work while in a mixed (XP -
Vista) environment.  I see there is some new local vs. domain storage issues
also.

My company is just starting to deploy some Vista machines for our developers
and I thought we might want to add some device installation restrictions.

I currently have a "master workstations settings" GPO which all existing
workstations invoke and has mostly user configuration stuff.  Now with the
new Vista settings can I simply use my Vista machine to enable the Vista
specific setting in the computer configuration section?   Or, must I create
an entirely new "Vista GPO" for this?

If you want to continue editing your GPOs from both XP and Vista machines,
then you will find it easier to manage if you create a separate GPO for
Vista-specific settings, from your Vista machine. You don't have to, but
keep in mind that any Vista-specific settings that you set on a GPO from a
Vista system will not be seen when you edit that GPO from XP/2003. That can
get confusing.

Once I update it with the Vista settings does the ADMX file get stored in
with my existing GPO, because I don't see the ADMX files on my DC now, only
on my Vista machine.   

No, the ADMX files are never stored in SYSVOL with the GPO. That's the
beauty of them. Only ADM files ever get stored in SYSVOL. That's also a good
reason to use Vista exclusively with Vista-specific GPOs. Once you edit a
Vista-created GPO with XP/2003, it wants to copy the ADMs into SYSVOL, thus
cluttering up SYSVOL after Vista did away with the problem.

If I use my XP machine to view the GPO I will not see the Vista specific
settings I configured with my Vista machine, correct?

Yep.

 







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