XP SP2 Breaks Group Policy

by Mitch Tulloch [Published on 9 June 2005 / Last Updated on 9 June 2005]

Resolving an issue with adm files in XP SP2.

If you use Group Policy Object Editor on an XP SP2 machine to open a GPO on a Windows Server 2003 domain controller, the updated .adm files for XP SP2 will be copied to SYSVOL and will cause a popup error message to be repeatedly displayed should you later try to open the same GPO from the console of your domain controller. The easiest way to resolve this is to upgrade your domain controller to Windows Server 2003 SP1, but if you don’t want to do this (or if you have Windows 2000 domain controllers) then see KB 842933 for how you can download a fix.

The Author — Mitch Tulloch

Mitch Tulloch is a widely recognized expert on Windows administration, networking, and security. He has been repeatedly awarded Most Valuable Professional (MVP) status by Microsoft for his outstanding contributions in supporting users who deploy and use Microsoft platforms, products and solutions. Mitch has published over two hundred articles on different IT websites and magazines, and he has written or contributed to almost two dozen books and is lead author for the Windows 7 Resource Kit from Microsoft Press. For more information, see www.mtit.com .

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