Single policy stopped applying to only one machine
Posted on 2007-04-11
We've set up Active Directory, to deploy software through group policy. We've set this functionality up with OfficeXP (I know old version) and it works fine with most people. Today though, we had a user get his Office XP uninstalled automatically.
I checked the group policy results wizard for that computer, and under the settings tab, and "installed applications" under "computer poicy" it shows everything but Office XP. I panicked, because I was worried that this would be a problem with everyone in the company. I ran the results wizard against several other machines, but they all show it has having Office XP applied, yet the computer in question shows it, and only it as missing.
In the group policy results wizard, under the summary tab, Office XP doesn't show for either "applied" or "denied" group policy objects. So it just doesn't see it.
The only thing I can think that would affect this is that recently I changed the name of the Office XP software deployment setting in grou policy by opening gpedit for that policy, computer configuration -> Software settings -> Software installation. On the right-hand side, it showed the software settings for this policy. I right-clicked, and chose properties, then changed what was showing in the "name" field (long story).
Other desktops have rebooted without issue though, so I'm questioning how much if any what I did yesterday affected what's going on now. It's baffling to me that it's happening with just that policy, and just that computer.