Group Policy Weirdness

Posted on 2012-09-19
Last Modified: 2012-12-03

I am experiencing the following issue on a SBS 2011 deployment.

When i EDIT a group policy, i cannot see all the items i'd expect to.

First image is of my problematic install, second is of a working install

Group Policy missing elements Group Policy with all elements
As you can see the following areas are missing

Group policy comparision
I have looked at various blogs, KB's indicating that i should re-register some DLL's (which i have done), check that any of the ADM files arent missing (the two sites i am checking have the same folder lists)

Does anyone have any ideas?
Question by:mlimo
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    by:Cliff Galiher
    That definitely sounds like a DLL issue, not an adm issue. Let's start simple though and make sure there isn't something bigger going on. I'd like to perform two different tests:

    1) maybe the object itself is corrupt. Have you tried creating a new group policy object? Does it exhibit the same behavior?

    2) download and install RSAT on a vista or win7 client machine and create a group policy from there. Is the behavior different?
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    Expert Comment

    To resolve the issue,

    Right-click the "Administrative Templates" node of either "User Configuration" or "Computer Configuration", choose "View" and "Filtering" from the menu. The "Filtering" windows opens. Uncheck both options at the bottom of the window:
    "Only show configured policy settings" and "Only show policy settings that can be fully managed".
    The Group Policy Editor should then show all settings from the custom or third party ADM template.
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    Author Comment

    To cgaliher.

    With regards to query 1.
    The behavior is consistent in editing any existing GPO's or creating new ones

    With regards to query 2.
    I have not yet tried this, but I will when I am at the site on monday.

    To aadi369

    unfortunately it is not a filtering issue either.  There is no filter operating, and issue still exists
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    Accepted Solution

    To get me by, i enabled Group Policy Management on the Terminal Server on site.
    It allowed me to make the changes I needed.

    After that, i thought, why not remove and reinstall the Feature on the SBS.

    After removing, rebooting, re-enabling, presto, GP Management working correctly on the main server.
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    Author Closing Comment

    Found a resolution outside the scope of the advice provided

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