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15.4. Enabling GPO Client Logging

Problem

You want to troubleshoot GPO processing issues on a client or server by enabling additional logging in the Application event log.

Solution

Using a graphical user interface

  1. Run regedit.exe from the command line or Start Run.

  2. In the left pane, expand HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE Software Microsoft Windows NT CurrentVersion.

  3. If the Diagnostics key doesn’t exist, right-click on CurrentVersion and select New Key. Enter Diagnostics for the name and hit enter.

  4. Right-click on Diagnostics and select New DWORD value. Enter RunDiagnosticLoggingGroupPolicy for the value name.

  5. In the right pane, double-click on RunDiagnosticLoggingGroupPolicy and enter 1.

  6. Click OK.

Using a command-line interface

> reg add "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Diagnostics" /v[RETURN] 
"RunDiagnosticLoggingGroupPolicy" /t REG_DWORD /d 1

Using VBScript

' This code enables GPO logging on a target computer
' ------ SCRIPT CONFIGURATION ------
strComputer = "<ComputerName>"  ' e.g. rallen-w2k3
' ------ END CONFIGURATION ---------

const HKLM = &H80000002
strRegKey = "SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Diagnostics"
set objReg = GetObject("winmgmts:\\" & strComputer _
                       & "\root\default:StdRegProv")
objReg.SetDwordValue HKLM, strRegKey, "RunDiagnosticLoggingGroupPolicy", 1
WScript.Echo "Enabled GPO logging for " & strComputer

Discussion

If you experience problems with client GPO processing, such as a GPO not getting applied even though you think it should, there aren’t ...

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