System Policies Are Not Applied in Windows NT

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256986 Description of the Microsoft Windows Registry
System policies may not be applied on Microsoft Windows NT-based computers or Microsoft Windows 95 client computers.
This behavior can occur if you set the value of the UpdateMode DWORD value in the registry to "0." This setting disables the use of systempolicies.

In addition, if you set the same value to "0" on a Windows 2000 computer, then the NT 4.0 domain-based system policies are not applied.

This setting may be set to a default value of zero on some OriginalEquipment Manufacturer (OEM) versions of Windows NT.
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Change the data value of the UpdateMode value to 1. This value is locatedin the following registry key:
The following table lists valid settings for the UpdateMode DWORD value.
   Setting   Description   ----------------------------------------------------------------------   0         System policies are disabled.   1         Automatic mode. Search for a system policy file named             Ntconfig.pol in the authenticating server's Netlogon share.             This is the default value.   2         Manual mode: Search for the specified system policy file in             the location specified by the optional NetworkPath SZ value.				
An UpdateMode data value of 2 requires an additional SZ value calledNetworkPath that specifies a local or network system policy path and filename.

The following samples demonstrate valid entries for the NetworkPath value:
   \\<Servername>\<Sharename>\<Filename>   C:\<Directoryname>\<Filename>				
The file name does not require a .pol extension, although you may want todo so for file identification.

Article ID: 168231 - Last Review: 01/09/2015 06:52:30 - Revision: 1.1

  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server
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