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Windows 2003 group policy folders not visible

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I have a windows 2003 standard server that I am trying to set a group policy for the screen saver and workstation locking. The problem is that I cannot see the appropriate folders to adjust the group policy. When I try to go here: under user configuration>administrative templates>control panel>display --- The Control Panel and Display folders are missing. I have tried readding the System group policy file to restore these, but nothing has worked. If I go under the local group policy mmc of the server I can see these no problem, but under the domain group policy I cannot see these values. Even if I create a new group policy..
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Try running DCGPOFIX on a dc.
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by:williamstechnologygroup
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I'm not sure I want to take a change with that tool based on what I've read..

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/833783

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correction:
I'm not sure I want to take a chance with that tool based on what I've read..

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/833783


It states that it should only be run in a disaster recovery scenario, is this really safe to run and what will it do with existing domain gpo settings?
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by:Abhay Pujari
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If you can set the policies manually latter, then it is safe. I have used it twice.
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by:williamstechnologygroup
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I'm sorry I have not gotten back to you on this one. THe server in question is a remote server. I have been waiting to go on-site to attempt this. Do you recommend doing this onsite and can users still be logged in or do I have to get everyone out?
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Just an update, I am going to run the dcgpofix soon. I've had to run many updates on the server first. One question I have is: Other than any special gpo's in the domain container, is there anything else I need to be mindful of?
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No. Everything will be same except policies. Your all Group Policies will reset to original.
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