Troubleshooting Group Policy

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This is an “old” post from the Group Policy Team about Troubleshooting but it’s really good and something everyone should use as starting point when they wonder why their gpo didn’t work.

http://blogs.technet.com/grouppolicy/archive/2010/02/24/troubleshooting-group-policy.aspx

Use it and develop it further to add you “standard” checks to have your standard procedure.

We all need to troubleshoot Group Policies sooner or later… :)


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Creating shortcuts with Group Policy Preferences doesn’t work

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This is a quite common question about Group Policy Preferences so I’ll post it here and maybe someone will benefit from the information.

Scenario:
Trying to create a shortcut to a fixed drive letter using Group Policy Preference that points to a location on the network. After login there is no shortcut created and if you look in eventlog you see an error “0×80070002 The system cannot find the file specified”. If you run GPupdate /Force the shortcut is created.

This is an issue where it’s trying to create the shortcut before the drive’s are connected and Windows can’t create new shortcuts to locations not connected.

Workarounds:

  1. Create the shortcut using UNC-path
  2. Create the drives and shortcuts using logonscript
  3. Create a scheduled task (using GPP) to run GPupdate after user logon or use logonscript to run GPupdate

Hope someone benefits from this information.


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New KB for problems with settings report in Windows 7/Windows Server 2008 R2 and using adm-files

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A new Knowledge base has been released with a hotfix for solving problems if you still are using adm-templates in GPO and are using Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2.

When you do a settings report of a GPO which contains references to an adm-template (not admx-template) and for some reason this adm-template doesn’t exist in the default paths anymore (you may have cleaned them out) you get “Extra registry settings” in the report instead to show these settings.

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=KB;EN-US;981704

Of course the better way is to convert the adm-template to an admx-template instead and use the central store! :)


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Error message for SRP settings in GPMC

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Using Windows 7 or Server 2008 R2 when trying to see SRP settings in GPMC you get an error.

Microsoft has released a hotfix

Error message occurs when you use GPMC to view a software restriction Group Policy setting in Windows 7 and in Windows Server 2008 R2: “An error has occurred while collecting data for Software Restriction Policies”
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/981750


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New site found

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This is just one of those things that you need to share quickly.

http://gps.cloudapp.net/

I think you will have it more easier to find your setting for a GPO here instead of trying to find it in GPO-editor.

Well done! :)


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