Information about new Group Policy preferences in Windows Server 2008
This article discusses the Group Policy preferences that are new in Windows Server 2008 and how to enable down-level computers to process these new items. Group Policy preferences are made up of more than 20 new Group Policy client-side extensions (CSEs) that expand the range of configurable settings in a Group Policy object (GPO). These new preference extensions are included in the Group Policy Management Editor window of the Group Policy Management Console (GPMC). The kinds of preference items that can be created by using each extension are listed when New is selected for the extension. Examples of the new Group Policy preference extensions include the following:
- Folder Options
- Drive Maps
- Scheduled Tasks
- Start Menu
Note This installer does not provide any user interface for configuring Group Policy preferences. This new functionality can only be configured under the new Preferences folder under User or Computer Configuration in the Group Policy Management Editor window of the GPMC on the following computers:
- Windows Server 2008-based computers
- Windows Vista SP1-based computers that have Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) installed
For more information about Group Policy preferences, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=42e30e3f-6f01-4610-9d6e-f6e0fb7a0790&DisplayLang=enUpdated versions of the new Windows Server 2008 Group Policy preferences client-side extensions for Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP can be downloaded by using Windows Update.
These updated versions resolve the following issues:
- CSEs are removed when a service pack is installed.
- The Remove option is not available in Add or Remove Programs when the package is uninstalled and reinstalled.
- Invalid support URL in Add or Remove Programs.
- Incorrect title is shown in the Installed Updates window.
- Vista Packages install on Service Pack 2 and later.
- Windows Vista, 64-bit edition
- Windows Vista, 32-bit edition
- Windows Server 2003, 64-bit edition
- Windows Server 2003, 32-bit edition
- Windows XP, 64-bit edition
- Windows XP, 32-bit edition
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The update does not apply to your systemIf you experienced this problem, install these re-released versions of the updates.
PrerequisitesXmlLite is required to successfully install the new Windows Server 2008 Group Policy preferences client-side extensions in Windows Server 2003 and in Windows XP. For more information about XmlLite. visit the following Microsoft Web site:Windows Server 2003, 64-bit editionWindows Server 2003, 32-bit editionWindows XP, 64-bit editionWindows XP, 32-bit edition
Article ID: 943729 - Last Review: 10/09/2011 20:26:00 - Revision: 7.0
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