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Is my group policy setup conflicting with third-party software?

I currently manage a Windows 2000 server. We use third-party software from Sentinel called Ranger. I decided to use policy editor to set up our desktops. Ranger has provided them with their start menu. Groups have been created in Ranger to provide roaming profiles. Desktops for domain admin work using policy editor, but they don't work for other standard users. I am just wondering if setting up other groups in policy editor has conflicted with Ranger. If I remove groups in policy editor, will it corrupt the registry on the server?

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This depends on how Ranger handles its roaming profiles. Policies are applied to the registry of the target machine at logon and removed again at logoff, so what may be happening here is that the policies are being applied, and then Ranger is overwriting them (or vice versa). You may need to check with the maker of the program to see which will take precedence on a desktop, and arrange your policies and Ranger settings appropriately.

This was first published in September 2003

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