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Enable the Windows Vista/7 Network Map Through DOMAIN Group Policy

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  • Hello,

    I have a domain of 230 or so computers, 30 or so being Windows 7 machines.  My users are telling me that they are intermittenty not being able to view the entire network, or servers.

    Through research, I found that this is related to the  Link-Layer Topology Discovery local Windows 7 policy under:

    Local Computer Policy -> Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Network -> Link-Layer Topology Discovery

    By editing the "Turn on Mapper I/O (LLTDIO) driver" and setting it to "Allow Operation while in domain," I was able to correct the issue.

     

    My question here is:

    How can I globally apply this group policy through the domain controller group policy editor?

    I can't really expect my users to have to go through this process for something simple as browsing the network.

     

    Thanks in advance,

     

    Andy

    Friday, January 28, 2011 7:53 PM

Answers

  • You can deploy it as a group policy applied on your domain.

    So, you can create the new group policy and then link it to your domain.

    Once done, run gupdate /force command.

     


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    Friday, January 28, 2011 9:26 PM
  • you can achieve your goal by using Win7+RSAT as your GP management station. technically this is all you need to do.
    there is no need to upgrade servers, domain controllers,  etc. unless it is your practise to only perform GP management tasks from a server.
    all you need is one Win7 domain member machine, (ideally reserved for admin purposes to avoid polluting it).
    tesgroup
    Wednesday, February 02, 2011 8:48 PM
  • Hi,

     

    As “tesgroup” mentioned that you do not need to upgrade to Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2 to use Group Policy Preference policies. You can configure a Group Policy preference item in a Windows Server 2003 environment from either a Windows Server 2008/R2 server or a Windows Vista with Service Pack 1/Windows 7 client with RSAT update installed. If you do not have Windows Server 2008/R2 server, you can download and install Remote Server Administration Tools on a Windows Vista or Windows 7 client to manage and configure them.

    Microsoft Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows Vista 
    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=9FF6E897-23CE-4A36-B7FC-D52065DE9960&displaylang=en


    Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 

    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=7D2F6AD7-656B-4313-A005-4E344E43997D&displaylang=en

    The CSEs for the new Group Policy preference functionality are required in Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2), Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 (SP1), and Windows Vista to process the new preference items. To download and install CSEs, please refer to the following link:

     

    Information about new Group Policy preferences in Windows Server 2008

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/943729

     

    Regards,


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    Thursday, February 03, 2011 2:02 AM

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  • You can deploy it as a group policy applied on your domain.

    So, you can create the new group policy and then link it to your domain.

    Once done, run gupdate /force command.

     


    This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties or guarantees , and confers no rights.

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    Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator: Security
    Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer: Security
    Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist: Windows Server 2008 Active Directory, Configuration
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    Friday, January 28, 2011 9:26 PM
  • Hello,

    I would love to do so, but there is no listing in Group Policy Management for the Link-Layer Topology Discovery feature.


    Any suggestions?


    Thanks


    Andy
    Tuesday, February 01, 2011 6:32 PM
  • this policy setting *does* exist, in Vista/2008 and W7/2008R2 administrative templates. (LinkLayerTopologyDiscovery.admx)
    Are you using an older OS to manage your GP?
    try it from a newer OS/GPMC (recommend Win7 with RSAT installed, and this will be your new GP management workstation from now on)
    tesgroup
    • Proposed as answer by DonPick Tuesday, February 01, 2011 8:33 PM
    Tuesday, February 01, 2011 8:30 PM
  • Hello,

     

    Thanks for your reply.  My GP Management Server is Server 2003 R2 which would probably account for that being missing from my options.

    Unfortunately I'm unable to update my server to 2008 so I suppose I'm stuck with this for the time being.

     

     

    Thank for your help,

     

    Andy

    Wednesday, February 02, 2011 1:56 PM
  • you can achieve your goal by using Win7+RSAT as your GP management station. technically this is all you need to do.
    there is no need to upgrade servers, domain controllers,  etc. unless it is your practise to only perform GP management tasks from a server.
    all you need is one Win7 domain member machine, (ideally reserved for admin purposes to avoid polluting it).
    tesgroup
    Wednesday, February 02, 2011 8:48 PM
  • Hi,

     

    As “tesgroup” mentioned that you do not need to upgrade to Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2 to use Group Policy Preference policies. You can configure a Group Policy preference item in a Windows Server 2003 environment from either a Windows Server 2008/R2 server or a Windows Vista with Service Pack 1/Windows 7 client with RSAT update installed. If you do not have Windows Server 2008/R2 server, you can download and install Remote Server Administration Tools on a Windows Vista or Windows 7 client to manage and configure them.

    Microsoft Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows Vista 
    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=9FF6E897-23CE-4A36-B7FC-D52065DE9960&displaylang=en


    Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 

    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=7D2F6AD7-656B-4313-A005-4E344E43997D&displaylang=en

    The CSEs for the new Group Policy preference functionality are required in Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2), Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 (SP1), and Windows Vista to process the new preference items. To download and install CSEs, please refer to the following link:

     

    Information about new Group Policy preferences in Windows Server 2008

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/943729

     

    Regards,


    Please remember to click “Mark as Answer” on the post that helps you, and to click “Unmark as Answer” if a marked post does not actually answer your question. This can be beneficial to other community members reading the thread.
    Thursday, February 03, 2011 2:02 AM
  • That did the trick!  Thanks everybody for your help!

     

     

    Andy

    Friday, February 04, 2011 8:09 PM