Supporting Windows NT 4.0, Windows 95, and Windows 98 Clients

The Windows 2000 Group Policy does not provide client support for Windows NT 4.0–based, Windows 95–based, or Windows 98–based computers, notwithstanding the availability of Active Directory client support for those earlier versions of Windows.

Policy support for Windows NT 4.0–based clients is provided by using Windows NT 4.0–style administrative templates (.adm files) and Windows NT 4.0 System Policy Editor (Poledit.exe) files.

Windows 95 and Windows 98 clients need to be managed with the System Policy Editor.

Client computers that are running Windows NT 4.0, Windows 95, or Windows 98 need to have the .pol file (Config.pol for Windows 98 or Windows 95, or Ntconfig.pol for Windows NT 4.0) created on the client computer's operating system copied to the domain's NETLOGON share. This is: %systemroot%\SYSVOL\sysvol\< domain name >\SCRIPTS under Windows 2000, or %systemroot%\winnt\system32\Repl\Import\Scripts under Windows NT 4.0.

For information about installing the System Policy Editor, see Windows 2000 Server Help. The System Policy Editor is included with Windows 2000 Server but is not included with Windows 2000 Professional. The Windows 2000 Optional Administrative Tools package (Adminpak.msi), which includes the System Policy Editor, comes on the Windows 2000 Server companion CD for installation onto computers running Windows 2000 Professional.