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The telnet client is disabled by default in Windows 7. I would like to enable the telnet client for all Windows 7 PCs in our domain. I know how to enable it manually:

  • Start
  • Control Panel
  • Programs And Features
  • Turn Windows features on or off
  • Check Telnet Client
  • Hit OK

How can I do this for all Windows 7 PCs in the domain? All the Windows 7 PCs are in a separate OU.

Can this be enabled by a registry setting that I can apply to all Windows 7 PCs?

Can it be done by a Group Policy?

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To whomever voted to move this to superuser, questions regarding group policy definitely belong here. Just because it is about putting some software on a client PC, doesn't mean it belongs on superuser. – Sam Mar 15 '10 at 16:35
@Sam The words "Group Policy" doesn't mean that this question must be here. In that case, the words "registry setting" will mean that this must belong to SU. And as I know, one of the shortest ways solve this is using CMD and dism (not GPO or registry)... – Jet Oct 1 '13 at 19:57
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You can do this by creating a GPO and linking it to the OU where your Windows 7 PCs are.

Create a script (e.g. \\\netlogon\enable-telnet-client.cmd) with the following command in it:

dism /online /Enable-Feature /FeatureName:TelnetClient

Assign that script as a computer startup script in your GPO.

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Thanks everybody for your help/comments/info – Mar 16 '10 at 9:38
Does the "/online" word mean that the PC will need connection to internet? – Jet Oct 1 '13 at 19:59
No. DISM is used to modify deployment images or the O/S that's currently running. /online means "please do this in this O/S, not on an image file." See: – ThatGraemeGuy Oct 2 '13 at 11:07

You can not. GPO's dont install / uninstall windows features.

You could roll out a MSI package (software install) the shells out the proper command line to install the telnet client, though. And put that into the group policy of the appropriate OU(s).

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You don't need an MSI package to run a simple command. Batch files still have their place in 2010. ;-) – ThatGraemeGuy Mar 15 '10 at 15:05
Yeah, but you need elevated priviledges ;) Normal users may not be able to. – TomTom Mar 15 '10 at 15:15
You assign it as a computer startup script, you don't ask users to run it manually. – ThatGraemeGuy Mar 15 '10 at 15:29
yeah, ok - that makes sense. – TomTom Mar 15 '10 at 15:45

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