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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
  • Printers
  • Scheduled Tasks
  • Services
  • Start Menu

For more information about what’s new in Group Policy in Windows Server 2008 R2, visit the following Microsoft TechNet Web site:
The packages that are listed in the “More Information” section include the CSEs for the new Group Policy preference functionality. These CSEs are required in Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2), Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 (SP1), and in Windows Vista to process the new preference items.

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

Important For existing PolicyMaker customers, this installer will remove your existing PolicyMaker CSEs installation. Do not install this on computers that are currently processing PolicyMaker settings until you have migrated the PolicyMaker settings in your GPOs to Group Policy preference settings. A tool to automate the migration from PolicyMaker settings to Group Policy preference settings will be available very soon.

For more information on this issue, including potential causes, workarounds, and resolutions, see: Microsoft KB Article KB2534456.

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