Computer Settings in Group Policy do not apply correctly

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  • 11-Jul-2007
  • 30-Apr-2012


Novell ZENworks 6.5 Desktop Management Support Pack 2 - ZDM6.5 SP2 Desktop Management
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ZENworks Policy Packages control many areas of the Microsoft environment. ZENworks can control how Applied Settings types for User Configuration and Computer Configuration are set.
Settings in Group Policy do not apply even when enabled

Computer and/or User Settings in Group Policy do not apply correctly


The correct procedure is to control the settings with ZENworks, by carrying out the following procedure from ConsoleOne

Select your policy package and right click, Properties
Select workstation type e.g. Policies, Windows 2000
Select Windows Group Policy and ensure that it is enabled.

Select Properties and check the required Applied Settings Types
User Configuration
Computer Configuration
Security Settings

This is the correct method of setting these options in a ZENworks environment
There is also an option to disable User and Computer settings in Local Computer Policy Properties in the MMC.
You can get to the MMC in ConsoleOne by pressing the Edit Policies button shown in the above graphic.
If you look at the properties of the policy in the MMC by clicking Local Computer Policy, Properties, Group Policy Options, it suggests that Performance Improvements can be made by disabling one or both of User or Computer Settings.
If you are using ZENworks to control the policies you will get NO GAIN IN SPEED by selecting these options, and it may hamper troubleshooting if you disable a setting in the MMC and enable it in ConsoleOne - the MMC setting will take precedence.
You can check on your policy to see if these changes have been made by looking at the GPT.ini file
Check the Options= line in the GPT.INI
If the line states Options=0 there is no problem
Otherwise edit the file and reset the line to this value. You could go into the MMC and uncheck the Configuration Options to do the same thing
Set Options=0 in GPT.ini to remove the MMC control
For a detailed discussion on Group Policies please check out
How do Group Policies work? - TID10065126

Additional Information

Using the Microsoft Management Console, MMC, to control whether User and/or Computer Configuration Settings are applied is not recommended.

Formerly known as TID# 10096835 NOVL101245