Server 2008 audit/registry problems

Posted on 2013-02-04
Last Modified: 2013-02-11
Recently I mistakenly put a server 2008 DC into an OU with a linked GPO that had a bunch of server 2003 registry and file permission settings, some of which don't even exist by default in the server 2008 OS. After they applied I started having problems with auditing, "auditpol.exe /get /category:*" was not showing the advanced auditing settings that were supposed to be applied and everything was shown as "not configured". I have since moved it out of the OU and I am trying to get the server back to the way it was before all of the registry settings and file permissions were applied, is there a way to clear these settings back to default?
Question by:mdubay
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by:Nirmal Sharma
ID: 38851530
I hope you have rebooted the server.

Did you force the Group Policy Settings on this server?


Author Comment

ID: 38851823
The machine has been rebooted since the issue has happened but I don't think that will affect the outcome much. The settings we are looking to change back are the registry entries pertaining to the security options area of the GPO, since they are registry values they have been tattooed on to the machine.

I did not force the policies onto the server they got the policies by being in the specific OU.
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by:Nirmal Sharma
ID: 38854122

I am currently working on a tool which keeps/maintains the configuration of Operating Systems/Servers and then allow you to revert back the configuration as and when needed. It is called Configuration Maintainer. You can see more at

What registry policies and settings are you talking about here? Did you apply any registry settings manually on the server?

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Author Comment

ID: 38855620
Yea there was a ton of registry settings changed, about 30 registry keys in all. They were changed through the GPO that was meant for 2003 but accidentally applied to a 2008 box. A lot of the registry entries changed or created do not even exist on server 2008 by default.
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Accepted Solution

Nirmal Sharma earned 500 total points
ID: 38857954
Do you have a list of registry entries handy with you or it was applied via GPO? If GPO, was it applied from multiple GPOs?

Let me see if I can find a easiest way..


Author Comment

ID: 38875959
Not sure if I will be able to do that or not, I will have to check our company policy. Also it seems that the audit policies have miraculously come back and are working, I will be looking into this today and will repost if i can figure out what changed. Thanks.

Author Comment

ID: 38877337
As expected it seems that the problem has fixed its self. We have had this problem in the past but the problem remained and we had to rebuild the DC, we got lucky on this one it seems. Thanks for the help!

Author Closing Comment

ID: 38877344
Was not actually a solution but he was very helpful in the troubleshooting process.

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