Windows cannot access the file gpt.ini for GPO
Posted on 2011-03-07
I recently rebooted both Win2K domain controllers and after restart I have been getting the following message in the application event log every 5 minutes on one of the domain controllers:
Windows cannot access the file gpt.ini for GPO The file must be present at the location <>. (). Group Policy processing aborted.
And immediately followed by this one:
Windows cannot query for the list of Group Policy objects . A message that describes the reason for this was previously logged by this policy engine.
Background info - Recently the other domain controller crashed, eventually recovered painfully on its own after a defective memory chip was discovered. However it has been logging the following error since that time in the FRS event log:
The File Replication Service is in an error state. Files will not replicate to or from one or all of the replica sets on this computer until the following recovery steps are performed:
[balance of lengthy text omitted, but is available if needed]
I only mention this as I think it could be relevant. I had been planning on demoting the 2nd DC with this last message, and then promoting it back to a DC status to resolve the problem (hopefully), but now this latest wrinkle has me cautious about doing anything else.