I am deploying Win2k on multiple servers. They all have policy and security settings that are the same. I want to automate the process of entering in each setting by creating a reg.dat file. This file will be used to make the changes needed. How do I complete this task?
The last thing I want to mention is that you shouldn't deploy policies as REG files or hive files. You should always establish policies using Group Policy, since there's much more going on behind the scenes than just setting some registry values. If you set these policies using REG files, you'll tattoo the registry and won't see the results in Group Policy editor, Resultant Set of Policy, etc.
One solution is to find a good scripting tool that'll walk through your configuration steps for you. Another is to deploy your servers as disk images (prior to promotion).
This was first published in September 2002