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    2008 R2 + WinXP

    I am trying to get a folder with a few files inside of it to copy across to all XP workstations at the root of the Windows directory at bootup.

    In a GPO under Computer Config\Preferences\Windows Settings\Folders and Computer Config\Preferences\Windows Settings\Files I have created two seperate processes so that it will do what I want it to do.

    Unfortunately it doesn't and I've tried 'create', 'update' and 'replace' to no avail.

    I want to move away from using BAT and VBS scripts as startup scripts and and want to make things a little consistent around the place.

    I have the Group Policy Extensions installed on every workstation but stumped as to why it doesn't.

    I know if I set up a process for a scheduled task or add/delete a printer it works brilliantly. Not sure why the above doesn't.

    Anyone have any ideas?

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    Have you installed the May 2010 update rollup for client side extensions? Group Policy preferences client-side extension hotfix rollup: May 2010

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    I notice it's just purely for Vista and 2003. I do have the one DC running 2003 so I take it I just install it on that; reboot and hey presto everything is working hunky dory?

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    It rolls up earlier hotfix releases that were released for XP so I would be tempted to say run it on the XP clients, best test 1 client and see what happens.

    Have you got tracing on for the GPPs to see what's happening when it tries to apply the setting to the clients?

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    Would this work on XP?

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    XP and 2003 are a common platform so yes I think it will work fine on XP.

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    Won't install on the XP workstation.

    Did enable tracing but nothing in there to prove anything conclusive, except this:

    Completed get next GPO. [SUCCEEDED(S_FALSE)]
    So it looks like it's trying to copy the files but nothing happens. The files I am trying to copy are located in the netlogon folder.

    Would you copy them by using the path \\schoolname.local\netlogon\files folder or \\servername\netlogon\files folder?

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    Shouldn't really matter, have you tried using a different location to share them from rather than netlogon? Also have you applied this hotfix Group Policy Preferences Client-Side Extension Hotfix Rollup finally is there anything in the eventvwr on the client that relates to the GPP application?

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    XP and 2003 are a common platform
    They might have a lot in common but they're not a common platform.. the first is 5.1, the second 5.2 and you routinely get separate versions of hotfixes.

    Have you looked in the Application event log.. when GPP processing stuff breaks for me I get events.

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    I use 2008 R2 with all XP clients. I've got not scripts at all now, pretty much everything is done with group policy preferences and I don't get many problems. As previously stated, it will log any processing problems so you should be able to see in the event viewer where the problem is. Might be worth testing on a different account as well as once I had an account which refused to process GPP stuff without errors, just deleted it and remade it and no problems since.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PiqueABoo View Post
    ... you routinely get separate versions of hotfixes.
    Yes agreed, but with CSE the rollups are frequently a combined update for version 5.2.xxxxx of gpprefcl.dll (for XP & 2003). Additionally, just because a hotfix doesn't say that it work with a certain version Windows doesn't mean that it can't be applied to it.

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