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Group Policy Not Applying

Posted on 2012-03-27
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We have a computer on the network that is not applying all of it's group policy objects. It does the security options etc, but for the most part it doesn't map the printers, desktop shortcuts, and drive maps. It's the only one on the network doing this out of about 50 computers. It's running Vista (x86) with SP2.

I did my usual:

GPRESULT /Z
gpresult /z >C:\gpresult_test12345.txt
RSOP.MSC

And saw nothing out of the ordinary, it's in all the correct security groups ect.

However I did see a peculiar error in event viewer:
Event Viewer Error

Any idea what may be causing this?

I thought at first it was the cable possibly, so I connected it to our wireless (uses radius and machine/user authentication) and it's still having the issue.
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Can you ping the DC, by both name and IP?
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Try to force logon procedure wait until network connectivity exists with this GPO option

Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\System\Logon\Always wait for the network at computer startup and logon

Also, check if Windows Vista has activate power saving in your network card:
* Power setting on Control panel
* Prpperties on network connection > Network Adapter > Configure ... > Power management > Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power

Have you ant firewall installed in this computer? May be this firewall is disconnecting network connection at startup for security reasons...

I hope this helps you
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I can ping both the IP and Name of the server.

I double checked that it had the:

-Always wait for the network at computer startup and logon enabled
-No firewall (we have a hardware one)
-Unchecked the power setting
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I also went into group policy and told scripts that it's okay to run on slow connections, etc

It's odd because some of the group policy desktop shortcuts show up, some of them are not. And again only on this computer. None of the printers or mapped hard-drives show up.
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Investigantin on Internet about your problem, i find some interesting webpages with a problem very similar to you (but more references for windows 7). I write here the one i see that resume the common problem:

http://www.mysysadmintips.com/active-directory/165-windows-7-machines-fail-to-apply-software-installation-group-policy-on-startup

Take a look at [Startup Policy Processing Wait Time] section of the web page.
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I changed the Startup Policy Processing Wait Time to no avail. I think that would be for if it doesn't get any updates. This computer is receiving some of the shortcuts GP settings, folder redirection and shared drive policy, and a few others. But it's leaving some shortcuts, printers, and a few other shared drives out.
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Ok. Is possible that missing shortcuts, printers, .. are "installed" using User configuration and the others that are working Ok are "installed" using Computer configuration? I say that because if the missing components are "installed" using GPO´s s User configuration section and UAC is running, this elements are installed in "privilege" mode of your account and you don´t see them in "normal" mode.

To test this, run a command line as "Administrator" and type "net use" to see if missing network drives are present.
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After trying many solutions I finally found the answer! I had to install kb977983 on these affected machines.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/977983
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Thanks for the help everyone
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