6.6. Advanced Group Policy Troubleshooting with Log Files

We've already explored some of the techniques to troubleshoot Group Policy application. You can enable some underlying operating system troubleshooting tools to help diagnose just what the heck is going on when the unexpected occurs.

6.6.1. Using the Event Viewer

Quite possibly, the most overlooked and underutilized tool in Windows is the Event Viewer. The client's Event Viewer logs both the successful and unsuccessful application of Group Policy (see Figure 6.24).

Before beating your head against the wall, check the client's Event Log for relevant Group Policy records. The Event Log in Windows XP and Windows 2003 spits out much more information and many more warnings than did the Event ...

Get Group Policy: Fundamentals, Security, and Troubleshooting now with O’Reilly online learning.

O’Reilly members experience live online training, plus books, videos, and digital content from 200+ publishers.