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Error Event ID 1031 in event log

I keep getting this error in my event log. It does not seem to be affecting anything.  Is there a way to fix this?

Windows cannot query for the list of Group Policy objects. Check the event log for possible messages previously logged by the policy engine that describes the reason for this.
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Can you provide some more information:

1.  What service pack are you running?
2.  Is this a single server forest? is this the DC?
3.  Is the server running Exchange?
4.  Run netdiag, dcdiag, ipconfig /all and post results

Some things to check:
Netlogon and DFS services have started properly
DC's have read AND apply rights to the DC policy
NTFS permissions and share permissons are set correctly on sysvol share
-authenticated users have full control and change permissions by default
DNS entries are correct for the DC on ALL DNS servers and assigned properly in DHCP

hi there

if ur system is trying to search for a exchange server this problem might occur

pls read this microsoft article


a182612Author Commented:
I promoted this server to a domain controller and that message is no longer coming up.  Can anyone explain why this would have fixed this for me?
The error points to the server having an issue with either permissions or communication to the DC.  Now that the server has a copy of the group policy objects it no longer needs to query the server for them...I would still look at ALL of the things I posted in the first post.

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