9.3. Setting Keys or Values Using Group Policy

Problem

You want to set registry keys or values on client computers using group policy. If you need to configure certain registry settings on a large number of hosts, group policy can help you get the job done.

Solution

Using a graphical user interface

  1. Open the Group Policy Management Console (gpmc.msc).

  2. In the left pane, browse to the group policy object you want to modify.

  3. Right-click on the group policy object and select Edit. This will launch the Group Policy Object Editor.

  4. The predefined registry values you can set are contained under Administrative Templates under the User Configuration and Computer Configuration sections.

If you want to configure registry values that aren't contained in the User Configuration and Computer Configuration sections, you can create a custom administrative template and apply it to a group policy object. For more on how to do that, see the following whitepaper: http://www.microsoft.com/WINDOWS2000/techinfo/howitworks/management/rbppaper.asp

Discussion

Unfortunately, the Group Policy Object Editor doesn't show you the corresponding registry path for each setting under Administrative Templates. To get that or to see the complete list of registry settings supported in group policy on Windows Server 2003, Windows 2000, and Windows XP, see the following whitepaper:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=7821C32F-DA15-438D-8E48-45915CD2BC14.

Tip

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