GPO Deletion Issue

Hey Experts,

I have a group policy problem. Our setup is a single domain and there are two group policies that will not delete. They produce the same error: "The directory service can perform the requested operation only on a leaf object."

They are not tied to another domain, they have no child/dependent policies, they are not linked to any OUs, I've tried deleting with domain admin credentials (that's our highest permissions), I've tried powershell commands. I've read that it is possibly a corrupted GPO permission(s), but nothing has worked. Any ideas are helpful, thanks!
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Will SzymkowskiSenior Solution ArchitectCommented:
What i would try is open c:\windows\sysvol\sysvol\\policies

Find the Group Policy Guid that is giving you the issues. Check the Security Settings and make sure that everything is good from a security perspective.

Try Deleting the GPO from this directoy and if successful this will replicate to the other DC's and update the GPO's.

Make sure that you do the on the DC holding the PDC role.


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Apart from deleting the GPO directory from the C:\Windows\SYSVOL\sysvol\\Policies as Will suggested you also have to delete the GUID object from AD to prevent an orphaned GPO.
You can do that by opening adsiedit.msc, and connect to the "Default naming context" and select the same domain controller as where you deleted the directory.
Then go to DC=domain,DC=com, System\Policies
Lookup the correct GUID and delete this object.
-Garren-Author Commented:
That worked, thanks!
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Good to hear that it's solved. You're welcome.
Will SzymkowskiSenior Solution ArchitectCommented:
What was the resolution? No Split points?

-Garren-Author Commented:
Hey Will,

I submitted the answer too quickly and immediately realized I had not given you split credit. As that's important to the community, I've submitted it to a moderator to be amended, unless there is a quicker way that you're aware of. Thank you again for your input! It is greatly appreciated.
I can see why you ask for a split and it's fine with me but on the other hand your answer was not complete and if executed that way it would have left an orphaned gpo.
Hi Garren, would it be possible to split as proposed.
Thank you very much in advance.
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