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Posted on 2006-06-09
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I've created a GPO Template, that I then want to copy, and customize for various OU's.  Using the Group Policy Management Tool, I can Right-click on a GPO, and copy it.  If I try to Paste it into a different OU, it will then try to Link it there - not what I want.  If I Paste into Group Policy Objects, I get an error saying that the copy failed, More Data is Available.  The "More Data" shows up in the App Event log, as -

Event Type:      Error
Event Source:      Group Policy Management
Event Category:      None
Event ID:      2008
Date:            6/9/2006
Time:            2:39:58 PM
User:            DOMAIN\mcrowley
Computer:      VSSS
Description:
Copy of GPO failed. Error [More data is available.]
 Details:
     Source GPO:
         DisplayName: Template Citrix Users GPO
         ID: {65027AE0-F6B1-4EF6-84E5-0CE4DAC27564}
         Domain: domain.com
 
     Destination GPO:
         DisplayName: Template Citrix Users GPO
         ID: {D20BDD41-9AE7-473B-A204-ADF360101059}
         Domain: domain.com

For more information, see Help and Support Center at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/events.asp.


My supposition is that the error is occurring because the DisplayName is duplicated.  However, I don't know how to make this not happen, and I know for a fact that this operation is possible.  What am I missing?

Thanks in advance.
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Yes, that's exactly what I'm using.
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I am following that procedure.  After I do this step -

"To create a copy of the GPO in the same domain as the source GPO, right-click Group Policy Objects, click Paste, specify permissions for the new GPO in the Copy GPO box, and then click OK."

I get the error I described above.
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OK...hang on , I will try this in my environment....  see if I get the same error...
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Ok.... it seems that you are following the right steps...  I was able to copy my GPO without any problems....
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Seems like there may be something in your GPO that is causing this issue...  did you try to go here:  For more information, see Help and Support Center at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/events.asp.

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Did you run it from your DC, or from another computer?  I don't currently have GPMC on my DC, but if I need to I can try it there.
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"did you try to go here:  For more information, see Help and Support Center at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/events.asp."

Yep, nada.  Also tried eventid.net, nothing there either.
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Also, I would try to create another new GPO.  Then try to copy this...  just to see if it happens to all GPO's that you try to copy ...or there is something specific to this GPO where the copy does not work.
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I tried copying a new GPO.  Same result.  Maybe I'll try from the DC and see what happens.
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Ok, can't try from the DC.  DC isn't Win2K3, and GPMC requires either Win2K3 or WinXP SP1 (not enough acronyms there).

Maybe it's because my domain is still at Win2K functional level?  I can't imagine how that would affect this tool...
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Q. Can I use GPMC to manage a domain that only has Windows 2000 domain controllers?
 
A. Yes. The GPMC can manage a Windows 2000 domain. However, the GPMC itself does not run on Windows 2000 computers. To manage a Windows 2000 domain, you must install GPMC on either a computer running Windows XP Professional or on a member server running Windows Server 2003. Note: Since GPMC exposes functionality in both Windows Server 2003 and Windows 2000, some functionality, such as Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) filters and Group Policy modeling, is not available in Windows 2000 environments.
 
Not sure...can't test your scenerio.... but maybe this is a limitation of the tool...
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Win2K isn't the problem.  I tested on another Win2K domain, it worked fine, created a new GPO called "Copy of gponame".  Highly annoying....
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Ok, I did a little searching, tried backing up the GPO.  That also failed.  Enabled verbose logging for GPMC through this article - http://www.eventid.net/display.asp?eventid=2004&eventno=6412&source=Group%20Policy%20Management&phase=1

Saw these error messages in the log -

[304.1bc8]  6/09/2006 16:25:21:743  [WARNING] GetInstallationLocation: MsiProvideComponent Failed with error 0x800700ea
[304.1bc8]  6/09/2006 16:25:21:743  [WARNING] CGPMBackupData::Initialise(gpo): GetInstallationLocation for XML Template Location Failed with error 0x800700ea
[304.1bc8]  6/09/2006 16:25:21:743  [WARNING] CGPOOperations::DoCopyTo : Initialise Failed 0x800700ea

I never got to the bottom of the error messages, but when I saw GetInstallationLocation, I suspected a bad install of the GPMC.  Sure enough, I installed it on another Win2K3 box, and it's working fine there.

NJ, thanks for your help anyway...
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