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Policy Areas Missing in GPEdit for Default Domain Policy

Posted on 2006-11-30
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When I use the Group Policy Object Editor on the Default Domain Policy, I am missing some of the policy areas.  For example - User Configuration/Administrative Templates/Control Panel/...  .    The defined policies are still in effect, but I can't manage them using MMC GPEdit.    

I have tried the reregister the snap-in with regsvr32 gptext.dll but no there is no change.
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Do you have Exchange in this environment?

If not, use GPMC and backup the default Domain Policy and Default Domain Controller Policy.

Run DCGPOFIX /domain.

Check to make sure the sections are back, then attempt to restore the policies from your backup.

If you don't have GPMC.msc then get it here:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=0a6d4c24-8cbd-4b35-9272-dd3cbfc81887&DisplayLang=en

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I do have Exchange on that server.   Is there something different that I should do in this case?
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You can try the fix above, but will need to restore in this case.  I'm not sure if the restore will actually remove the missing entries again - that's all.

Be sure to do this AFTER hours as Exchange will hiccup.  After running it, test Exchange to death.  If it works, let the users torture it awhile.  If it doesn't you may need to restore the backed up policies.

If we're lucky the restore won't re-break the policy.

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I ended up fixing the problem with a reboot of the server this weekend.    I always reboot prior to an update and found the issue resolved itself.   Thank you for your suggestion -  I'll keep this onhand incase this becomes a recurring issue.

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