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i am trying to set up a domain controller with windows server 2008 (2003 functional level), and windows xp sp2 clients (both virtualized on a Fujitsu vmware server).

My windows xp sp2 clients have been patched to support with the following patches:

When i create GPOs, and link them to a OU, they do not propagate to clients. If i link them to groups, some work and other doesn't. If i link them to the Domain, all of them work on windows xp clients. It can be seen on server when, after applying "gpupdate /force", you read the logs from "gpresult /r".

whats going on? i would appreciate if somebody could give me a clue about my issues.

thank you very much in advance.

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Does actually configured as 2003 compatible mean that you're at a 2003 Domain and Forest functional level in Active Directory? Also, what do you mean when you say that "My main issue here is the following case. My windows xp sp2 images have been patched to support AD 2008"? There's no patching necessary unless you're talking about installing the Group Policy Client Side Extensions. You also don't like GPOs to groups, you link them to Domains, Sites, or OUs. What are you actually doing? Please take a moment to consider rewriting this with clearer terminology. –  MDMarra Feb 6 '13 at 16:56
    
i modified my question. Sorry if i didn't write it accurately.regards –  Michael Trend Feb 7 '13 at 8:07
    
@MDMarra, i modified my question. Sorry if i didn't write it accurately.regards –  Michael Trend Feb 7 '13 at 9:54
    
What do you mean by "link them to groups" though? You don't link GPO to groups. You can link them to OUs and filter by groups, but you don't link them directly to groups. And why doesn't your XP machine have SP3? –  MDMarra Feb 7 '13 at 12:24
    
@MDMarra, ok, lets forget about groups.When i link the GPO to an OU, it doesn't work. When i link to the entire domain, it works. I tried it with SP3 also. –  Michael Trend Feb 8 '13 at 7:49

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