Group Policy Management Console problem

I have a pristine installation of Win2k3. It's the only DC in the domain, the only domain in the forest. My domain level is Windows 2003 and my forest level is Windows 2000.

When I run the gpmc I don't see all the OUs -- I only see the OUs that have GPOs linked to them. And since the domain and the Domain Controllers OU are the only objects with GPOs linked to them by default, those are all that I see. Should I be able to see the Computers OU and the Users OU? I want to create a CPO and link it to the Computers OU. I can add a new OU and link a GPO to it just fine, but that's not my first choice for a solution. Because I've installed the GPMC, I no longer have access to the GP Editor through the Active Directory Users & Computers GUI.

The user I'm logged in as is in the Enterprise Admins group. I'm getting no errors in the Event logs or otherwise.

The version of GPMC currently installed is 1.0. I downloaded and tried to install GPMC 1.0.1 (SP1) but I get a Windows Installer error and the following is logged in the Application Event log:

Event ID: 11719
Source: MSIInstaller
Product: Microsoft Group Policy Management Console with SP1 -- Error 1719. The Windows Installer Service could not be accessed. This can occur if you are running Windows in safe mode, or if the Windows Installer is not correctly installed. Contact your support personnel for assistance.

I searched the Microsoft web site for a version of Windows Installer so that I could update or reinstall what's on my server, but could only find a version for NT/2000 and another for 9x/ME. When I attempted to install the NT/2000 version, I got an error message telling me it couldn't install on the OS I was using, which makes sense.

Anyone have any ideas as to what the problem might be?
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ruthmortonAsked:
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What90Connect With a Mentor Commented:
Hi ruthmorton,

it's only for managing GPO, so it's doing what it's supposed to. It won't show you anything else that doesn't have a GPO linked to it.


From MS:
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/gpmc/gpmcfaq.mspx
The GPMC complements, but does not replace, the Active Directory Users and Computers snap-in and the Active Directory Sites and Services snap-in. The GPMC is intended for Group Policy administration, whereas the Active Directory snap-ins are intended for directory administration tasks, such as creating user, computer, and group objects.
 

On what are you trying to run 1.0.1 on the server or a workstation?
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ruthmortonAuthor Commented:
Thanks for your reply, What90, but I was able to solve the problem myself.

The GPMC should show all OUs however the default Computers "OU" and the Users  "OU" in the ADUC aren't considered OUs at all -- they're containers and that's why they don't show up in the GPMC. So the only way I can do what I want to do is by either creating an GPO at the domain level and blocking inheritance on the Domain Controllers OU or by creating a new OU, putting all the non-domain controllers in it and linking the GPO to that OU.

My problem with Windows Installer was fixed by booting into Safe mode and re-registering the msiexec.exe with the registry (at the command line, run msiexec.exe /regserver). Once I did that and rebooted I was able to install the latest version of the GPMC (which, of course, didn't make one iota of difference to my original problem!)
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What90Commented:
I'd return all the points to the Asker, due to he fixed his own problem and I was no help ;-)
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What90Commented:
You try to do the right thing ... ;-)

I'm happy to be rewarded for making mistakes, coasting on someone else hard work and then taking credit for the right answer!

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ruthmortonAuthor Commented:
Oh just take the points gracefully! :)
I'm pretty new to this points thing and am just trying to figure it out. You have the benefit of my newbie-ness.
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What90Commented:
Ta.

Next time I'll try to actually answer the question properly and gain the points for a correct answer ;-)

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