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Can't see Group Policy Tab

Here's the situation:

Somehow, we lost access to all AD admin tools.  Got the error:  "The snap-in below ... restricted by Policy.  Contact your Administrator".  Did a search and found out how to get back into the tools.  So, OK, we can create users again.  

But, if I right-click the domain or any OU, then click Pproperties, we still don't see the group policy tab.  The only tabs are:  General, Managed by, Object & Security.  There *should* be a 5th, Group Policy tab.  

I can run gpedit.msc from the command line and it comes up, but empty.  There are no settings there to configure.

Help!

CPOJoe
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star_trekCommented:
Group Policy tab missing can be caused by the gpedit.dll file not being registered. On that DC, Start / Run and type "regsvr32 gpedit.dll"
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CPOJoeAuthor Commented:
I'll give it a go.  BTW, we previously had access to this.  Something bad happened last Thursday (not sure what) and we lost access.  Luckily, everything was still working -- just lost access to the admin tools.

We're running w2k Adv Server.
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CPOJoeAuthor Commented:
Ran regsvr32 gpedit.dll -- received indication that the registration was successful.

Unfortunately, it did not give me the group policy tab back.
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CPOJoeAuthor Commented:
OK, so I found that this key (d701-2bea-a63e-11d1-a7d4-0000f87871e3) will give me back the group policy tab.  So, I'm getting close.

But, the user and computer configuration settings are still empty.  The admin templates section still has its entries.  

I think I see a light flickering at the end of the tunnel...
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CPOJoeAuthor Commented:
So, I found 2 more keys for user and computer settings.  From changing the previous key, as stated, I was able to get back in to the default domain GPO and repositioned the "disable user config settings" as it had been which, turns out, reversed all previously enacted settings.  Thus, when I just went back in, all the configurable settings for user and computers had returned.  Just needed to let a coupla minutes go by to allow the gpo to be reinstated (read:  undone).  

So, I'm back in business.
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star_trekCommented:
Wow, that's good to know. since you have solved it by yourself you can close this question.

cheers!!!

Star Trek
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