Group Policy Preferences allow you to save a lot of time scripting, I set what you want via a graphical interface. Preferences are what you would like the user to have where as policies are what you tell the user they will have. In Windows Server 2008, edit a GPO. Under both the computer and user configurations you will see Policies and Preferences. Ex pand preferences and let the wheels start turning in your head. You must install software on your XP and Vista clients to use Group Policy Preferences. The following blog article gives you more detailed instructions and where to get the software.