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Old 02-09-2005, 11:40 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey peeps, I was browsing the vast internets looking for a primer on Active Directory, and more specifically the Group Policy section. I came across too many results that were too vague and lengthy, although I am willing to sit down and read if I have to.

I know how to manage users/domains/passwords and such, but does anyone have a rundown of how I can accomplish the same thing Clean Slate(http://www.fortres.com/products/cleanslate.htm) does but with Registry Edits and Group Policy?
I don't feel like spending money on a program that will do things that I can learn to do with myself and a little extra effort.
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Old 02-09-2005, 11:46 AM   #2 (permalink)
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2000 advanced server ?
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Old 02-09-2005, 11:49 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Yes. Win2000.
Oops, I forgot to mention that the first time.
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Ok... Now this is going to be a rather lengthy...
First off , Do NOT use a 3rd party app to ever setup your active directory... i couldn't imagine the problems that could bring up.
ok lets see... You have a group created in AD...
For a group you can create "policies." before you go any further try... gpedit.msc... what does this command bring up ?
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gpedit.msc brings up the Group Policy editor (I guess that's what it is).
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You should be able to see all the policies that you have.
You can create new ones through AD by adding a gpo.
modify the gpo by trial and error.
Find out your needs and wants and mesh them together.
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Old 02-10-2005, 04:47 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I appreciate all your help on this, but can you give me a somewhat detailed example?

For instance, how do I create a script/policy that will reload system settings (wallpaper, clock, cursors, icons) upon logoff?
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Search through the editor and find anything on "local profiles"
as you probably know those settings are stored there.
Im pretty sure you can disable local profiles.
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