I am tired of hearing people say they don’t want to deploy Windows 7 because they can’t manage it properly on their Windows 2003 domain.
This is utter rubbish.
I heard this all before with Vista, and it wasn’t true then either. Here’s a summary some of the idiocy I’ve seen:
- “You have to have Windows Server 2008 R2 to join Windows 7 to the domain” – UTTERLY WRONG.
- “We can’t use any of the new Group Policy settings because we don’t have Windows Server 2008/2008 R2” – PLAIN WRONG.
- “We’d have to upgrade our domain schema to support the new Group Policy settings” – UNTRUE.
and along with them, the slightly different but equally ill-informed:
- “We can’t use Group Policy Preferences because we don’t have Windows Server 2008/2008 R2” – ALSO WRONG.
OK, listen in, morons. I will now explain how you (yes YOU), can manage Windows 7 using Group Policy and Group Policy Preferences with only Windows Server 2003 servers on your domain. This is a technical article, so try to keep up.