April 2007 Reader Challenge Winners

Congratulations to the winners of our April 2007 Reader Challenge. First prize, a copy of "Windows Vista: The Definitive Guide," published by O’Reilly Media, goes to Bill Hubbard, of Florida. Second prize, a copy of "Running QuickBooks in Nonprofits," published by CPA911 Publishing, goes to Richard Porter, of New York.

May 2007 Reader Challenge

Solve this month's Windows Vista UPDATE challenge, and you might win a prize! Email your solution (don't use an attachment) to challenge@windowsitpro.com by May 14, 2007. You MUST include your full name, and street mailing address (no P.O. Boxes). Without that information, we can't send you a prize if you win, so your answer is eliminated, even if it’s correct.

I choose winners at random from the pool of correct entries. I’m a sucker for humor and originality, and a cleverly written correct answer gets an extra chance. Because I receive so many entries each month, I can't reply to respondents, and I never respond to a request for an e-mail receipt. Look for the solutions to this month's problem at http://www.windowsitpro.com/articles/index.cfm?articleid=95971 on May 15, 2007.

Take the Challenge

Group Policy administration is an important (and often time-consuming) task for IT administrators. One of the ways to set Group Policy is through the use of Administrative Templates. How much do you know about Administrative Templates? Can you answer these questions?

Question #1: Every policy applied through an Administrative Template results in a registry change.
A. True
B. False

Question #2: Policies set in Administrative Templates that are stored on the domain controller take precedence over possibly conflicting policies stored on the local computer.
A. True
B. False

Question #3: Administrative Templates in Windows Vista are XML files (aka ADMX files), and therefore Administrative Templates from previous versions of Windows (aka ADM files) cannot be used on computers running Vista.
A. True
B. False

The Answers

Question #1: A (True) Question #2: A (True) Question #3: B (False) ADM files CAN be used on computers running Vista. In addition, Microsoft provides a conversion tool to convert ADM files to ADMX files, so you can edit the older files with XML if you wish to.