DOMAIN = w2k3 DC's only
WORKSTATIONS = xp, vista, and now a few Win 7 Enterprise
I have the RSAT tools installed on my Windows 7 computer.
I can administer Group Policy Management "for the most part" on my Win 7 computer for the domain, even with XP clients.
However, certain policies (such as Windows Firewall policies) show different settings and even a different interface depending on if I use the GPMC on Vista/Win7 versus using the GPMC on W2k3.
And if I create new settings on a Vista/Win7 GPMC and then try and look at those gpo settings in the GPMC on w2k3 then it typically gives a "page cannot be displayed" from there...although it looks fine on the Vista/Win7 GPMC.
SO....my question(s) is(are)...
What GPMC should I be using or can I use to properly manage and deploy GPO's to XP and Vista and Win7 computers? Can I use a single console? If so, which one do I use? Are there issues (pros/cons) regardless?
I like using the one in Windows 7 for the added functionality but I'm concerned about its "backwards compatibility" (such as the Windows Firewall settings in the policies) for XP.