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Description of Group Policy settings that are associated with RIS in Windows Server 2008


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Introduction

Group policy sets certain Remote Installation Services (RIS) installation options when you start a Pre-Boot Execution Environment (PXE) client session. These installation options are set for the following servers:
  • RIS server
  • Legacy mode of a Windows Deployment Services (WDS) server
  • Mixed mode of a WDS server
The following table lists and describes the Group Policy settings that are associated with RIS. Each of these settings can have any of the following three values:
  • Enabled
  • Disabled
  • Not Configured
Group Policy SettingDescription
Automatic Setup Predefines the computer name and a location within Active Directory for the client computer accounts. (Another alternative is to prestage client computer accounts.)
Custom Setup Lets users define a unique name for this computer, and lets users specify where the computer account will be created within Active Directory.
Restart Setup Restarts an operating system installation attempt if the installation fails during the text-mode part of the setup process.
Tools Lets users access tools. This includes the Recovery Console from the Client Installation Wizard.

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More information

On a Windows Server 2003 domain, the default values for these Group Policy settings are listed as follows:
  • Automatic Setup: Enabled
  • Custom Setup: Disabled
  • Restart Setup: Disabled
  • Tools: Disabled
When you run Default Group Policy Restore Utility (Dcgpofix.exe), it will reset the current values to these default values.

On a Windows Server 2008 domain, the default values for these Group Policy settings are listed as follows:
  • Automatic Setup: Not Configured
  • Custom Setup: Not Configured
  • Restart Setup: Not Configured
  • Tools: Not Configured
When you run the Dcgpofix.exe tool, it will reset the current values to the default values of a Windows Server 2003 domain.

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Article Info
Article ID : 946395
Revision : 3
Created on : 1/10/2008
Published on : 1/10/2008
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