More and more people are using Group Policy Management to replace their login scripts. Group Policy Preferences where first introduced in Windows Server 2008 and it gives you a structured environment to control all your global settings. Group Policy Preferences are accessed via the Group Policy Management console.
In Preferences you can configure things like Hide and Map specified drives, Folder Redirection, Folder deletion/creation etc. and of course Registry Settings. On this blog you’ll find a lot of articles regarding Group Policy and the XenApp 5/6 and XenDesktop Tuning Policy’s have almost 15.000 downloads.
Working with registry in Preferences normally takes a lot of time if you have many registry keys that needs to be added, but now there’s finally a tool for that called Reg2xml – Registry Export File converter.
Today I was working with a client helping them with Hummingbird eDocs DM. This piece of software have an insane amount of HKCU registry keys that needs to be applied to every user. So instead of spending a day adding these keys manually I simply purchased the software.
In the Reg2xml tool you point to the source .REG file and then click convert. From the Group Policy Management console you then select to create or edit an existing policy, navigate to Preferences and then finally drag the XML file to the Registry node.
So if you’re in the process of moving away from login scripts and have a great number of registry files the Reg2xml tool will be a huge time saver and worth every cent. The author of the tool is Mark Heitbrink – MVP Windows Server – Group Policy.