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GPO not applied to Windows XP SP2 clients (gpresult not recognized as an internal or external command)

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Hello all, I am having a strange issue. I have 20 Windows XP SP2 workstations (various computer models though). I have a Windows Server 2008 domain controller with AD and GPMC. Some machines are logging into the domain and getting GPOs applied, but 5 others dont get any GPO applied. When I run "gpresult" and "gpupdate /force" the error returns that it is not recognizing this command. I tried to download the Server 2008 GPO Policy Extensions for XP machines (KB915865, KB943729, etc) and to no avail. These machines DO NOT recognize any GPO related commands. What can be the issue?

P.S. Coincidentally, those 5 PCs that do not recognize GPO do not have the "Remote" tab available in Control Panel\System but that may just be a coincidence?
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by:thomasd04
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Hi XAnalyzer,
Have you tried running RSoP from MMC on the target machine; or even remotely? Also, have you tried running gpresult directly from the directory it's located at? (I believe in your system32 folder)
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If you are still on XP SP2 you will also need XMLIte installed, XP SP3 already has it.


http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=D7B5DC81-AD14-4DE2-8AD5-8C4A9AAB5992
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You need to enable the setting "always wait for network"

THIS HAS TO BE DONE USING GPEDIT.MSC at each a every workstation.

This setting is located at Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\System\Logon

Do no do it from the GPO of AD it will not work.
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by:CERTExpert
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What are the Userenv errors you have in the Event Log ?
Also what policies are you trying to apply on these machine ?
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by:XAnalyzer
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@thomasd04: did not try to run RSoP from MMC on the target machine. I did not realize that gpresult is located in system32 so will try that.

@dstewartjr: I installed XMLite and CSE (per your URL) and it did not fix the issue on these 5 machines (however it did fix the problem on 1 other machine) but not for this issue.

@nappy_d: I will try at the local level however, it is odd that the PCs does not recognize gpresult or gpupdate or any group policy related deployments, so am not sure if your setting will change anything.

FYI- the 5 PCs are all missing the "Remote" tab to allow Remote Desktop Connections as opposed to all the other XP PCs that accept Group Policies. Perhaps there is something to this?
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Does updating these to SP3 resolve any of these issues?
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I did not have enough time to upgrade them to sp3...
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Ran RSoP, edited local GPO, and installed SP3. Issue resolved. Thank you.
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