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cannot access remote registry

Posted on 2011-03-02
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I open regedit, click file->Connect Network Registry. I enter the name of the domain controller and check the name, then click OK. The name comes up in the regedit tree with HKLM and HKU hives listed. So far so good.

But when I try to expand the HKLM key, I get "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE cannot be opened. An error is preventing this key from being opened."

I can do this on one of our other domains just fine. Any suggestions what the problem might be?
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1.  Click Start, click Run, type regedit, and then click OK.
2.  Expand the following registry subkey:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\ SecurePipeServers
3.  Right-click winreg, and then click Permissions.
4.  Click Add.
5.  In the Enter the object names to select box, type Local Service, and then click OK.

Alternatively, you can type the name of a user or group that you want to grant access permission.
In the Permissions for LOCAL SERVICE list, next to Read, click to select the Allow check box.
Quit Registry Editor, and then restart your computer.
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by:mlongoh
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You might try to RDP into the server and verify that you can access the registry keys just fine without attempting it via remote registry connection.  If you encounter the same problem you might have some registry corruption as opposed to a permissions issue affecting remote registry access.
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I can RDP into this DC and open the registry from login just fine.
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