Group Policy changes and cached information

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I am the software support person for a public library. On our computers for the public we use Deep Freeze version 5 which protects the hard drive from changes. When the computer is rebooted the hard drive is returned to its original state. We also use Windows XP on the workstations and Active Directory (Windows Server 2003). We are applying group policy to our public user logon through Active Directory. It appears that if a workstation is frozen and changes are made to group policy, that that workstation does not get the change. Are changes to systemwide group policy cached on the hard drive? Last night I removed the user from the OU with the group policy. Then during the night the computers thawed and refroze according to our schedule. Then I put the user back in the OU, but the workstations are behaving as if they aren't. Anyone have any suggestions?
ASKED: March 18, 2005  6:18 PM
UPDATED: March 23, 2005  4:16 AM

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I’m not sure exactly what you are asking but it appears that Deep Freeze is working as it should. If you want to apply Group Policy changes, you need to disable Deep Freeze on the client, let the changes to the registry take affect from Group Policy, then re-enable the software. Deep freeze is probably not allowing the Group Policy settings to “stick” because it is setting them back.

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  • Cptrelentless
    I personally see Deep Freeze as a waste of money and causes more problems and admin headaches than it resolves. Correct configuration of Group Policies will prevent users from making changes to your desktops without the need for this product.
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  • Ilarge
    Specifically in answer to your question the policies, as with NT, are downloaded to each machine and stored locally. If the configuration is being zeroed daily then the local settings (which include the policy) will also be zeroed. Like the man says, a suitably restrictive policy will provide the security you require.
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