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    Policy inaccessible problem

    Hi there,

    We have three server, one is Windows 2000, the second is WIndows 2003 and the third is Windows 2003 R2. We don't really use the first one, so I'll not mention it again.

    The problem is that recently I tried to edit a policy that we use to lock down the desktop for students and I couldn't because the administrative template that I was trying to use (Windows Copmponents -> Internet Explorer) was missing from the GPMC, like this



    When I tried to edit the policy from server 3 I got the following "Inaccessible" message


    This is what the screen looks like back from server 2


    Does this make sense to anyone?

    Thanks - Simon
    Last edited by SimonWindisch; 5th October 2009 at 02:45 PM.

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    When you're adding a new adm file GP Management tries to read the adm files from the local machine - they won't be the same on each machine unless you've copied them between machines. So your w2k server won't have the w2003 adms. Looks like you've got a few mismatches, e.g. w2000 policy files on w2003 and vice-versa.

    The way round this is to copy all the adm files you want into a shared network folder and browse there to load them. You're then loading the correct version whichever server you're viewing from.

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    Many thanks, I made sure that both servers had the same levels of ADM files and then I removed and added the templates and it worked fine!

    Simon

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    This is a bit weird, but I thought I'd mention it in case anyone else comes across this problem...

    When I go to edit the policy again the WIndows components go missing again, and sometimes I remove them all and add them all and it still doesn't work.

    So I've discovered that if I add them in the following order it's fine.

    wmplayer
    conf
    system
    inetres
    wuav

    I can then edit the policy successfully but when I close the editor session and reopen, those components have gone missing again.

    Simon

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