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Special Edition Using Microsoft Active Directory by James Hudson, Sean Fullerton

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Problems with Group Policy

The best tool for troubleshooting is knowledge of the architecture. This section looks at some tools and techniques to apply that knowledge.

The group policy problems most people face are not system failures, but rather an unintended consequence of group policy application and inheritance. The problems can be broken down into the following areas:

  • Replication issues

  • Inheritance issues

  • Permissions issues

Replication Issues

The first set of issues usually resolve themselves in a few minutes. Because AD replication and FRS replication are not exactly the same thing, the group policy template and the group policy container can be temporarily out of sync. When this happens, simply allowing the two replication services to catch ...

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