We have Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 Enterprise.
I'm asking this because we have several hundred laptops and netbooks at our organization. We do'nt have a NAC or a RADIUS server so all the wireless configs are done on the local computer. Please don't suggest a NAC or RADIUS as we don't have the ability to implement that at this time.
We have a GP machine start-up script that resets the wireless settings on the laptops/netbooks upon start up. This is because our users typically will take their devices home, travel, etc and when they join other networks our network info will often get lost or disabled. Our script leaves any connections the user added but resets our settings and makes it the primary item on the list.
It works fairly well but occasionally fails for some unknown reason.
I have yet to find any sort of documentation on exactly how Windows processes and applies Machine Start-Up GPs and what is required. For instance, because the network is not always present, yet the GP still runs when offline, I assume that the GP is cached somewhere on the local machine. Where does it cache this? For some reason when we put the script in the GP itself it does not run. But when we put the script into a file in the file store of the GP and call it from the GP it runs fine. Are Machine Start-Up scripts applied before or after the local wireless is enabled?
All these questions could be answered if I could find some definitive documentation on exactly how this entire process works.
Any help would be appreciated.
This seems to be a lot more stable but no one has yet to answer the actual question, which is where is a reference doc on exactly how GPOs are applied. What are the steps, what are the conditions and restrictions, etc.