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Windows NT4-Style Policy Files

To create or edit ntconfig.pol, you must use the NT Server Policy Editor, poledit.exe , which is included with NT4 Server but not with NT workstation. There is a Policy Editor on an NT4 Workstation but it is not suitable for creating domain policies. Furthermore, although the Windows 95 Policy Editor can be installed on an NT4 workstation/server, it will not work with NT clients. However, the files from the NT Server will run happily enough on an NT4 workstation.

You need poledit.exe, common.adm, and winnt.adm. It is convenient to put the two *.adm files in the c:\winnt\inf directory, which is where the binary will look for them unless told otherwise. This directory is normally “hidden.

The Windows NT Policy Editor is also included with the Service Pack 3 (and later) for Windows NT 4.0. Extract the files using servicepackname /x that's Nt4sp6ai.exe /x for Service Pack 6a. The Policy Editor, poledit.exe , and the associated template files (*.adm) should be extracted as well. It is also possible to download the policy template files for Office97 and get a copy of the Policy Editor. Another possible location is with the Zero Administration Kit available for download from Microsoft.

Registry Spoiling

With NT4-style registry-based policy changes, a large number of settings are not automatically reversed as the user logs off. The settings that were in the NTConfig.POL file were applied to the client machine registry and apply to the hive key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE are permanent until explicitly reversed. This is known as tattooing. It can have serious consequences downstream, and the administrator must be extremely careful not to lock out the ability to manage the machine at a later date.

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