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Group policy items missing from Windows 7 RSAT

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  • Hello again,

    I am running AD DS on Win 2012 R2 and trying to set up policies for desktop wallpapers and lock screens.

    For Win 8 clients, lock screens are configured via Computer Configuration > Policies > Administrative Templates > Control Panel > Personalization but when I access the Group Policy Management from a Win 7 PC with RSAT, the Personalization option is missing, only Regional and Language Options, and User Accounts is there. On the Win2012R2 server itself, the options are present, so this really isn't too big of a deal, but I would prefer to be able to access everything from the Win7 client rather than having to remote into the 2012 server to make changes.

    So, question is, is there a patch or update that I am missing from the Win 7 RSAT to add the functionality? Or are these items missing by design?

    Thanks.

    Saturday, March 14, 2015 3:19 PM

Answers

  • > OK how do I go about doing this? Do I populate the central store on the
    > Win7 client or am I configuring the Win7 client to use a server side store?
     
    On a 8.1 client and (!) a 2012R2 server, run the following from an
    elevated prompt:
     
    robocopy %windir%\PolicyDefinitions
    \\%userdomain%\Sysvol\%userdnsdomain%\Policies\PolicyDefinitions /s
     
    The reason for running on 8.1 and 2012R2 is that some templates are
    shipping only with clients, others only with servers...
     

    Greetings/Grüße, Martin

    Mal ein gutes Buch über GPOs lesen?
    Good or bad GPOs? - my blog…
    And if IT bothers me - coke bottle design refreshment (-:
    Sunday, March 15, 2015 11:00 AM
  • > For Win 8 clients, lock screens are configured via Computer
    > Configuration > Policies > Administrative Templates > Control Panel >
    > Personalization but when I access the Group Policy Management from a Win
    > 7 PC with RSAT, the Personalization option is missing, only Regional and
     
    Seems the personalization node was added in W8 - it doesn't exist in W7
    (or better: In the ADMX templates shipping with W7). You might want to
    use a central store, populated with the latest ADMX templates, to make
    W7 happy :)
     

    Greetings/Grüße, Martin

    Mal ein gutes Buch über GPOs lesen?
    Good or bad GPOs? - my blog…
    And if IT bothers me - coke bottle design refreshment (-:
    Saturday, March 14, 2015 3:55 PM

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  • > For Win 8 clients, lock screens are configured via Computer
    > Configuration > Policies > Administrative Templates > Control Panel >
    > Personalization but when I access the Group Policy Management from a Win
    > 7 PC with RSAT, the Personalization option is missing, only Regional and
     
    Seems the personalization node was added in W8 - it doesn't exist in W7
    (or better: In the ADMX templates shipping with W7). You might want to
    use a central store, populated with the latest ADMX templates, to make
    W7 happy :)
     

    Greetings/Grüße, Martin

    Mal ein gutes Buch über GPOs lesen?
    Good or bad GPOs? - my blog…
    And if IT bothers me - coke bottle design refreshment (-:
    Saturday, March 14, 2015 3:55 PM
  • > For Win 8 clients, lock screens are configured via Computer
    > Configuration > Policies > Administrative Templates > Control Panel >
    > Personalization but when I access the Group Policy Management from a Win
    > 7 PC with RSAT, the Personalization option is missing, only Regional and
     
    Seems the personalization node was added in W8 - it doesn't exist in W7
    (or better: In the ADMX templates shipping with W7). You might want to
    use a central store, populated with the latest ADMX templates, to make
    W7 happy :)
     

    Greetings/Grüße, Martin

    Mal ein gutes Buch über GPOs lesen?
    Good or bad GPOs? - my blog…
    And if IT bothers me - coke bottle design refreshment (-:

    OK how do I go about doing this? Do I populate the central store on the Win7 client or am I configuring the Win7 client to use a server side store?

    Saturday, March 14, 2015 4:38 PM
  • > OK how do I go about doing this? Do I populate the central store on the
    > Win7 client or am I configuring the Win7 client to use a server side store?
     
    On a 8.1 client and (!) a 2012R2 server, run the following from an
    elevated prompt:
     
    robocopy %windir%\PolicyDefinitions
    \\%userdomain%\Sysvol\%userdnsdomain%\Policies\PolicyDefinitions /s
     
    The reason for running on 8.1 and 2012R2 is that some templates are
    shipping only with clients, others only with servers...
     

    Greetings/Grüße, Martin

    Mal ein gutes Buch über GPOs lesen?
    Good or bad GPOs? - my blog…
    And if IT bothers me - coke bottle design refreshment (-:
    Sunday, March 15, 2015 11:00 AM