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GPO for Windows 8

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  • Hi,

    Does gpo available with MDT 2012 at <Distribution Share>\Templates\GPOPacks\<GPO Pack Folder> are applicable for windows 8? or work with windows 8? 

    Regards,

    Thursday, March 07, 2013 12:28 PM

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  • From Johan's page, I believe these are the steps you need once you've copied your 'Win8-SCMGPOPack1' to the appropriate place:

    1. Copy your GPO Pack to the <DeploymentShare>\Templates\GPOPacks folder.
    
    2. Configure the GPOPackPath property with the GPO Pack folder name, in my example
    
    GPOPackPath=ViaMonstra Enterprise Desktop Win7
    
    Note: When setting the GPOPackPath property, MDT will no longer apply its default GPO Packs (unless you actually set the GPOPackPath to one of the default GPO Packs).

    Note that GPOPackPath is relative to Templates\GPOPacks folder.


    David Coulter | http://DCtheGeek.blogspot.com | @DCtheGeek

    • Marked as answer by MS Expert 2010 Wednesday, March 13, 2013 5:46 AM
    Tuesday, March 12, 2013 9:34 PM

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  • The simple answer is "yes", it is applicable for Windows 8 and works with Windows 8.  Most, but certainly not all, of the policies that worked for Windows 7 are also used in Windows 8.  However, I don't believe that those GPOPacks contain any "Windows 8 Only" policy settings, although you could certainly create a new pack and add them.

    Johan's guide for creating GPOPacks:
    http://www.deploymentresearch.com/Blog/tabid/62/EntryId/47/Creating-and-Applying-Custom-GPO-Packs-using-MDT-2012-Beta-2-with-or-without-SCCM-2007-2012.aspx

    Microsoft Group Policy Settings Reference:
    http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=25250

    The settings reference is great because you can quickly find out if a GPO you are using also now applies to Windows 8 and you can also find all the new settings specifically added for Windows 8.


    David Coulter | http://DCtheGeek.blogspot.com | @DCtheGeek

    Thursday, March 07, 2013 2:27 PM
  • Thanks for pointers. I have created 'Win8-SCMGPOPack1' GPO Pack for MDT using SCM (LocalGPO' tool, do I need to modify anything in ZTIApplyGPOPack.wsf file so that it can process GPO pack  in 'Win8-SCMGPOPack1' folder? or ZTIApplyGPOPack can take care of processing the pack automatically?

    Do I need to define anything in customseting.ini file except ApplyGPO=Yes? 

    Regards,

    Tuesday, March 12, 2013 9:19 PM
  • From Johan's page, I believe these are the steps you need once you've copied your 'Win8-SCMGPOPack1' to the appropriate place:

    1. Copy your GPO Pack to the <DeploymentShare>\Templates\GPOPacks folder.
    
    2. Configure the GPOPackPath property with the GPO Pack folder name, in my example
    
    GPOPackPath=ViaMonstra Enterprise Desktop Win7
    
    Note: When setting the GPOPackPath property, MDT will no longer apply its default GPO Packs (unless you actually set the GPOPackPath to one of the default GPO Packs).

    Note that GPOPackPath is relative to Templates\GPOPacks folder.


    David Coulter | http://DCtheGeek.blogspot.com | @DCtheGeek

    • Marked as answer by MS Expert 2010 Wednesday, March 13, 2013 5:46 AM
    Tuesday, March 12, 2013 9:34 PM
  • Hi,

    Sorry 1 more small question. Can 'local GPO' tool take backup of domain based GPO? If yes, does it mean that I can simply go to any of the domain joined machine which is getting domain GP and simply backup the local GP for that machine (I believe this will capture the policies that are local to system as well as GP imposed through domain GP object). Correct me if I am wrong.

    Regards

    Wednesday, March 13, 2013 6:03 AM
  • I haven't tried it, but since it does set the policy on the machine, I believe the answer to be yes.

    David Coulter | http://DCtheGeek.blogspot.com | @DCtheGeek

    Wednesday, March 13, 2013 6:18 AM
  • The answer is a definate YES. I do this all the time for clients that may not join a domain for a while for whatever reason yet the machine is still protected with the same GPO settings from a domain joined machine.

    Rhonda J. Layfield

    Thursday, May 09, 2013 1:28 PM
  • Thanks for the confirmation Rhonda. : )

    David Coulter | http://DCtheGeek.blogspot.com | @DCtheGeek

    Thursday, May 09, 2013 1:37 PM