Group Policy in the Registry?

Posted on 2006-05-04
Last Modified: 2010-04-18
Anyone know where the group policy for the local server machine is stored in the system's registry? or if it is at all?

I administer a windows 2003 sbs machine and locked myself out by way of configuring the machines group policy to no longer allow the administrator to access group policy, or any administrative functions (obviously not on purpose, as im now completely screwed).

I see on microsofts website that certain group policy functions are stored in the registry, im wondering if I could in fact edit the registry to get rid of the accidental group policy changes I made and restore access without having to completely reinstall the operating system, and getting my balls busted for weeks, nevermind the headache...
Question by:jkowan11
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    Hi jkowan11,

    this may do the trick for you - good luck!

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    Thanks for the help guys!

    Unfortunately that GPref table listing the registry entries for certain things is just too confusing for my simple mind, so cant figure out which to do what to...

    But that Article from Davy999 seems to be perfect! Except one thing, It says I need to use the ADSIEdit.msc but im restricted from that snapin, just like im restricted from group policy editor... is there any way around that? and does anyone know what they mean by using the PDC emulator?

    The article says: "NOTE: To determine the PDC emulator operations masters role owner, right-click the domain name in the Active Directory Users and Computers snap-in, click Operations Masters, and then click the PDC tab."

    I cant get into the active directory snap in either, so not sure how to go about that...

    Any more ideas?

    Thanks a lot guys!

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