It seems everytime I edit a GPO in software installation it complains with this error
"Error no package in the software installation data in the active directory meets the criteria"
Its fine creating a new one, but its editing existing ones, for example I updated the with java update 18 yesturday, once I removed it from the list and tried to add the new one I would not add it, so I had to create another GPO just for Java to install.
It see that even when I make a new one, close it and try to add another packages it comes up with this error again
Seems the only way to is recreate a whole new GPO but this will always cause all the software to reinstall which we cant do
i think might be of some help (but doesn't looks like a good news for you)
GPO Software Distribution | Quest Consultants
I read that site already :(
But it seems our sotware distirbution foloder is not a DFS Share, its a plain old standard shared folder
Have you checked the ntfs permissions on the share and folder.
funny enough I've just started to get this error on w2k8 DC's if I use a w2k3 DC I don't get the error.
Now I have'n done enough playing to see whether I still have a problem on w2k3 DC and just don't get the error message or whether its a w2k8 issue. as the article says the error message goes away if I create a fresh GPO, BUT this would be a BIG headache if I had to do this
hmmmm werid I've just restored a GPO and now the problem seems to have gone on all GPO's tre'werid!
ok logout and back in to the DC and the error returns
ok its now doing it on a fresh GPO
hmmm ok if I make the GPO changes from w2k3 boxes everything works fine, w2k8 and you get the error
also works fine from a vista SP2 box.
So from a w2k8 box you get the error and the software won't deploy
from vista and w2k3 things work fine
ok today I have just redone my pc running 2008 r2 that I am using for setting up the policys until we upgrade the servers to 2008r2
So nice and fresh install, all updates and latest drivers, just the group policy role installed, nothing else
Tried making a new policy, I put a few msi programs on the software list. Closed it, reopened it and tried to added another one, same problem and error again.
This is really anoying
There is some newer software we need to deploy, but I want to use the same group policy object, I dont want to keep making new ones. This needs to be sorted, I believe this happens in server 2003 now too (Need to double check)
try to edit the gpo via a w2k3 box or a vista one. I've not had any problems doing the edits from those OS's only with w2k8
There's a theory out there that suggests this is a bug mixed up with OLE32 and a function called CoInstall(). Whether that is the case or not, they claim the problem goes away when *all* your DCs are 2008. As above, the workaround was running GPMC from an earlier OS - they used XP.
Do you all have one or more 2003 DCs then?
 Based on this MSDN search for CS_E_PACKAGE_NOTFOUND (which is the error code behind that message).
Yer we have 4 2003r2 domain controllers
The weird thing is that this problem didnt happened when I first connected it and joined it up has a DC, serveral months later