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    Windows 7 clients on Server 2003 domain....

    Am looking at doing some testing:

    I've read this:

    Windows Server 2003 can host a Central Store as easily as Server 2008.

    To create a Central Store simply create a PolicyDefinitions folder in the SYSVOL with a path of %WINDIR%\SYSVOL\domain\Policies\PolicyDefinitions.
    OK

    Copy the ADMX templates from a Windows 7 computer into the SYSVOL location.
    Window 7 keeps a copy of the ADMX and ADML files in its own PolicyDefinitions folder located in the Windows folder.
    OK

    Once it is placed in the Central Store, the File Replication Service on Server 2003 will replicate the PolicyDefinitions folder to all Domain Controllers in the Domain so that the templates are available for use by the editing tools.
    OK

    An ADMX/ADML Central Store requires much less space on the SYSVOL than ADM files and will reduce replication costs
    OK

    But I've read something else about requiring Windows 7 RSAT

    I hope it all starts to make sense as I proceed.

    Any tips greatly appreciated....

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    install rsat (the gpo bits) onto win7 box to edit the windows 7 gpos and then move them from PolicyDefinitions folder on 7 to 2003 sysvol policy folder as 2003 cant edit the policys.

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    follow these instructions to install the Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7
    Download details: Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7

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    OK I have made some progress but I have more questions than answers LOL.

    My new windows 7 PC now has RSAT installed and is on the domain and in a new OU I've created called "7"

    It is certainly picking up lots of the windows XP GPO's as testing with a test pupil show it giving the correct desktop and drives are mapped.

    Questions though:

    1. Is there any way of knowing if any GPO's are NOT being applied?
    2. Although the desktop is correct the start button menu is empty....
    We use the following for desktop redirection:

    User Configuration (Enabled)
    Windows Settings
    Folder Redirection
    Desktop
    Setting: Advanced (Specify locations for various user groups)
    Group Path
    CURRICULUM\Finance \\fp3\netlogon\finance\programs
    CURRICULUM\GLOSCAT Group \\fp3\netlogon\gloscat\startmenu\programs
    CURRICULUM\Staff \\fp3\netlogon\staff\startmenu\programs
    CURRICULUM\Pupils \\fp3\netlogon\pupils\startmenu\programs
    CURRICULUM\Domain Admins \\Fp3\netlogon\Domain Admins\Desktop
    CURRICULUM\TestUsers \\Fp3\netlogon\testtaker\StartMenu\programs

    Use the same for startmenu redirection but that does nt seem to be working....


    3. When the test pupil attempts to open Media Player for the first time it gives the option to choose initial settings -can these be set with a GPO?

    That's all for now....

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    1. run gpresult in cmd window on 7 to get a list of applied policies.

    2. you can set the gpo to only work on xp or only 7 info at
    Windows 7 Gotchas/Tips/FYI

    then you could create a new 7 gpo for the dekstop.

    3. not sure

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    I've just read the sticky :
    Mixed Group Policy for users/PC's of both XP and Windows 7
    all makes sense that you can have policies not apply for XP or 7.

    But what would be my best starting point - I don't want to have to start from scratch? or do I need to?

    Do I have to disable all my current policies from running and then re-write them all using the windows 7 PC (admx templates) and then copy them from my W7 PC to the central server store?
    And then use the filters to just apply the new polices to the W7 pc's and all existing windows XP pc's can use the existing policies...?

    A little confused...

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    Its a bit of a mixed bag as my setup is going to be different to yours and you can do things in different ways.

    I would see what xp policies work with 7.

    If you have a policy not working on 7 but ok on xp make it an xp only policy and create a 7 policy from scratch on the 7pc and then copy the templates to 2003 central store. You can try and leave this for both xp and 7 and see what happens. XP by default will not see the 7 central store although their is an optional windows update to allow xp to pick up a few settings. or you could just make it a 7 only policy.

    It is a bit of a pain. Also ms say get used to mixed pc networks as they are going to release new operating systems faster.

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