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Server 03 location of GP adm/admx files

Posted on 2014-04-17
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I added a server2012r2 DC to a 2003 domain. Then on the 2012r2 box, I copied the Polices folder from root/Windows/ to %logonserver%\sysvol\%userdnsdomain%\ so they could be centrally stored.

After, the old policy files are missing. Ie. when you open GPMC and select a GPO, it says the file cannot be found. New GPOs created work fine and I see the new policy ID folder created in the central store.

I am guessing the GP files just need to be moved to the central store from wherever they were locally stored on the 03 box. Any pointers?
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Question by:Schuyler Dorsey
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by:Stuart Lupton
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To enable a group policy central store you should add the ADMX files to SYSVOL\<domain>\policies\policydefinitions

See http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb530196.aspx for further instructions :)

Obvs SYSVOL replication will have to take place before these are available on all dc's
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by:Schuyler Dorsey
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Per my previous post, I already copied all of these files to that location. All of my available GPO options show in GPMC so I know it is reading the central store.

The issue is the specific GPOs I created BEFORE the move are 'missing'. When you click on those GPOs', it returns a file not found error. These folders are usually the UID of the GPO itself, ie. 409494r-3983r893r.
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Stuart Lupton earned 500 total points
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Apologies I misunderstood your question. Do you have a backup of the SYSVOL from before this change?
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by:Adam Brown
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Just to be sure, do you have the ADMX files (And subfolders of PolicyDefinitions) stored in the *exact* location Stuart mentioned? The PolicyDefinitions folder should be in the same folder that all of your GPO GUID folders are located, so if you have it at sysvol\<domain>\ as you say, it's in the wrong location.

And the ADM templates on a 2003 server won't load if you put them in a central store. Only ADMX files load from there. THe ADMX templates that are included with 2008 server have all the 2003 settings included already.
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by:Schuyler Dorsey
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Per my post, I copied the POLICIES folder to the %logonserver%\sysvol\%userdnsdomain%\ location which would put PolicyDefinitions in the exact same spot Stuart mentioned.

I restored the GPO UID folders from a sysvol backup so I am good to go!
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