• Status: Solved
  • Priority: Medium
  • Security: Public
  • Views: 2122
  • Last Modified:

Missing administrative templates from Group Policy Windows 2012 Domain Controllers

Today I went to edit our domain group policies (which I do often) and found the Administrative templates is empty.      Example right click any policy and choose edit then select user configuration then select policies then Administrative templates and none of the usual items and sub folders are there.      Any ideas how to resolve this?

Windows 2012 domain controllers.  (both have same issue)
0
Zoldy2000
Asked:
Zoldy2000
  • 4
  • 2
2 Solutions
 
footechCommented:
Do you use a central repository?

GP definitions can be copied from any machine.  You can go to C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions and copy them from any 2012 server.  I'm not certain that you wouldn't encounter any issues if you were to copy from a newer OS (but from my understanding I think it's unlikely).  What you find in that folder is only the templates, not the actual GPOs.  You can also download templates from MS, just search for the version you want.  Example:
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=36991

Compare what's available from another machine or download to what you have in the PolicyDefinitions folder.
0
 
Zoldy2000Author Commented:
The policy definitions are already in that folder.    I installed the latest ones anyone and still have the same issue.     Not sure if this is a clue but the only policy template that is showing is a custom one from a software vendor for deployment and it is located in a different folder.      Could mind be somehow reading from the wrong folder?  

C:\Windows\SYSVOL\sysvol\mydomain.com\Policies\PolicyDefinitions
0
 
Zoldy2000Author Commented:
I just copied these files C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions to here C:\Windows\SYSVOL\sysvol\mydomain.com\Policies\PolicyDefinitions and that fixed the problem although I am still puzzled why this happened at least it worked.
0
Easily Design & Build Your Next Website

Squarespace’s all-in-one platform gives you everything you need to express yourself creatively online, whether it is with a domain, website, or online store. Get started with your free trial today, and when ready, take 10% off your first purchase with offer code 'EXPERTS'.

 
footechCommented:
That's the location of the central repository (it's something that has to be set up manually).  Without that set up, each machine would look at their own C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions folder when editing GPOs.  That's why I asked if you had one set up - to know where GP considers the source.

As to how files got removed, that I can't answer.  If you have auditing turned on you may be able to glean the information.
0
 
Zoldy2000Author Commented:
Resolved thanks
0
 
Zoldy2000Author Commented:
Thanks
0
Question has a verified solution.

Are you are experiencing a similar issue? Get a personalized answer when you ask a related question.

Have a better answer? Share it in a comment.

Join & Write a Comment

Featured Post

Easily Design & Build Your Next Website

Squarespace’s all-in-one platform gives you everything you need to express yourself creatively online, whether it is with a domain, website, or online store. Get started with your free trial today, and when ready, take 10% off your first purchase with offer code 'EXPERTS'.

  • 4
  • 2
Tackle projects and never again get stuck behind a technical roadblock.
Join Now