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    Will a Windows 7 admx template work in a Server 2003 Group Policy?

    Hi.

    I'm trying to get a Windows 7 SP1 computer working in my Server 2003 domain. All Group Policy with exception to Start Menu redirection seems to be working as normal, so I've tried to import startmenu.admx into SYSVOL to see if this template will work.

    Is this the right thing to do? I just cannot get start menus to redirect. I've tried all the links/fixes in the sticky but to no avail.

    Should I just bite the bullet and upgrade my DC to Server 2008?

    Thanks.

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    Hi

    You cannot configure Group policy for Windows 7 on Windows 2003. This is because in Vista and later version OS, group policy file (ADM) are replaced with new version ADMX, which has many improvements like multilanguage support, an optional centralized datastore, and version control capabilities. However, because ADMX file is used their own markup language, Group Policy management console on Windows Server 2003, Windows XP, or Windows 2000 does not support it. Therefore, you cannot use group policy management on Windows 2003 to configure group policy settings that included in admx files for Windows 7.

    you need to use RAST to manage group policy on Windows 7 computer. To do so:



    a. Install Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) below on Windows 7



    Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7

    Download details: Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7



    b. Go to Control Panel -> Programs -> Turn Windows Feature on or off.

    c. Expand Remote Server Administration Tools -> Feature Administration Tools, check Group Policy Management Tools.

    d. Logon as domain administrator on Windows 7, search Group Policy Management and open it. Now you can management all group policies.



    Also, you don't need to do anything on Windows 2003 DC, although those settings cannot be read from Group Policy management console, they are existing (in SYSVOL folder). When Windows 7 computer applying group policy, they will read the appropriate information and apply group policy without problem. However, please remember you can only use Windows Vista and later OS to configure group policies dedicated to Windows 7.



    More information for your reference:



    Managing Group Policy ADMX Files Step-by-Step Guide

    Managing Group Policy ADMX Files Step-by-Step Guide

    Regards
    Sukh

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    Hi,

    Any more info on this?

    Thanks,

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    What else do you want to know. sukh's post is fairly comprehensive so I think you'll need to be a little more specific

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    Hi Matt,

    Can you have a look at my thread here: Windows 7 group policy on server 2003 domain.

    Thanks,

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