Administrative Templates missing in GPO created on 2008 R2 DC

by Thomas Forsmark Sørensen 3. November 2010 13:32

Today I had a strange problem.

I was at a customer who had both 2003 R2 and 2008 R2 DC's in their domain.

If I created a new GPO on a 2003 DC everything was ok, but if I created the GPO on a 2008 DC the "Administrative Templates" was empty.

It turned out to be because there was created an empty folder called "PolicyDefinitions" on the domain.local\sysvol\domaon.local\policies share.

When the GPMC opens a policy it will look for the ADMX files in "C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions" execpt for if the "domain.local\sysvol\domaon.local\policies\PolicyDefinitions" folder exists. This is a central store for Policies.

If the "domain.local\sysvol\domaon.local\policies\PolicyDefinitions" folder exists it will load the ADMX files from there but if the folder is empty it will not show anything "Administrative Templates".

To solve the problem I just copied all the files from the "C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions" folder to the "domain.local\sysvol\domaon.local\policies\PolicyDefinitions" folder.

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My name is Thomas Forsmark Sørensen.

I live in Odense in Denmark and work for Globeteam in Virum.

I am working as a Microsoft Infrastructure consultant with main focus on application and Operating System Deployment.

I work mostly with Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2012 R2 and MDT 2013, but I also work with other of Microsofts products. 


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