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Unable to run any programs on 2003 server

Posted on 2007-03-21
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Hi Everyone,

 I work for a company where they have 4 domain controllers.  They are windows 2003 servers.At one of our sites, the local group policy got edited in the administrative templets.  The line that got edited was it enabled no programs to run on server.  Consequently mmc. gpedit and regedit will not run.   I have no way that I can think of to change that setting back.   It is kinda like locking your keys in your car.  Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks
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Go to another Machine in the domain XP or Server that is not a domain controller.
Log on using the domain admin password
Connect to \\DC\Windows\System32 and locate the file called AdminPak.msi and run it. Where DC is the name of your domain controller (this will install the Domain Admin tools on the Local PC)
Once the Doman Admin tools are installed you can ago to Administrative Tools and manage the group policy form there (You can even downlaod and install GPMC on the non-dc if you want  http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=0A6D4C24-8CBD-4B35-9272-DD3CBFC81887

The admin tools can only be used by someone logged in as domain admin, but I would still remove them when done for security reasons.
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Thanks for the info.  It was a very necessary key in getting the final outcome I needed.  One added thing I had to do for future reference was was open the registry.pol file with notepad and I was able to see the registry keys that needed changing.  The group  policy opened in the mmc did not show the enabled policies which at this time I can't explain.  However their are alot of things in windows that I can't explain even on a good day.

Thanks again
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