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    Windows 7 on a vanilla Server 2003

    I have looked at the forum but can't see an answer, or at least one that I understand!
    I am currently building a new Windows 7 desktop for imaging for my new 32 machine IT suite (I will have 33 netbooks as well). I have added it to the domain and it seems fine but it is not picking up any policies or drives or anything.
    Does anyone have a fix that is simple and understandable? I really need some help here - if I have to pay an external support bod there will be trouble

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    Hi

    What do you mean it's not picking up any policies? As in GPO?
    The actual deployment works fine with no issues?
    This is post deployment issue?

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    Assuming you've put them in the right OU's?

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    Do you have any way of managing the Windows 7 .admx settings in Group Policy? If you're using the .adm settings native to 2003 and XP (Classic Administrative Templates) you won't be able to manage Vista and 7, and Server 2003 can't manage .admx.

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    Currently I have only begun to build one - I have put it on the domain and it is in the correct OU.(not quite THAT thick! - although it is possible )
    I can browse to the server and access the drives - but the shared drives are not appearing - I know this is a Server 2003 issue but I am not sure how to get round it.
    I presume that some or all group policies are not being applied as I am not getting the desktop - which I KNOW is deployed via GP - or shutdownertron which is also a GP.

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    Hi
    What results do get from 'gpresult /r' on the win 7 machine?
    That should tell you if it the policies are being picked and if they are it should give a reason why they are not applying.

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    Thanks - will do tomorrow when I am back in that school - should have thought of that - panic freezes the brain!

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    We are trialling win7 on a server 2003 domain.

    We have recreated / rewritten and created new policies for the windows 7 clients rather than risk the XP ones half-doing the job.

    We us WMI filtering to assign the policies.

    Hope that helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3s-gtech View Post
    Do you have any way of managing the Windows 7 .admx settings in Group Policy? If you're using the .adm settings native to 2003 and XP (Classic Administrative Templates) you won't be able to manage Vista and 7, and Server 2003 can't manage .admx.
    but you can if you install rsop on a win7 box just means to edit win7 inly bits you nweed to find a laptop annoying but livable with

    are the pcs just booting up too fast and not getting policies possibly try setting

    computer config\admin templates\system\group policy\startup process policy wait time 120

    id also set

    computer config\admin templates\system\verbose vs normal status messages to enabled

    or any software deploy etc will just show please wait and you will have no idea what the pc is doing

    but that will need to be done from a win7 client (then on a test pc run gpupdate force /boot

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    I definitely need RSAT which I have now downloaded - still a bit nervous though.
    Last edited by witch; 11th March 2011 at 09:01 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by witch View Post
    I definitely need RSAT which I have no downloaded - still a bit nervous though.
    make sure to install rsat before sp1 or it wont work

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    Quote Originally Posted by sted View Post
    make sure to install rsat before sp1 or it wont work
    This is scarier by the minute

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    Its not too bad, just make a seporate managment machine to start with installed with Windows 7 RC (no SP), join it to the domain and chuck RSAT on, you then need to go into add remove windows features in control pannel and select the RSAT option to enable it. You will then have a set of Administrative tools that you can use just like the ones on the 2003 server. Its a very simmilar GP managment console just on a client PC rather than the server. You'll pick it up in no time.

    I'd install the rest with integrated SP1 as it is faster and you'll end up with cleaner machines.

    Also make sure you do a gpupdate /force /boot to force it to pick up changes.

    I mirror the recomendations to use WMI filtering for user policies and just have a seporate OU for Windows 7 machine accounts. Vista and 7 can work really well with Server 2003 you just need to manage the GPOs from a client machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by witch View Post
    This is scarier by the minute
    its really not that bad ive had very few issues that wernt silly little teething issues

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