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'Fail to open Group Policy Object' error

I have a Windows 2000 Server; it is the domain controller. My server Group Policy Object gives the following error message: "Fail to open Group Policy Object. You may not have appropriate rights."

What can I do?

You or someone else with administrator rights may have inadvertently deleted the following folder structure:

%SystemRoot%\Sysvol\Sysvol\DomainName
%SystemRoot%\Sysvol\Sysvol\DomainName\Policies
%SystemRoot%\Sysvol\Sysvol\DomainName\Policies\{GUID}
%SystemRoot%\Sysvol\Sysvol\DomainName\Policies\{GUID}\Machine
%SystemRoot%\Sysvol\Sysvol\DomainName\Policies\{GUID}\User

Check out the Microsoft Knowledge Base article 253268 for more information.


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  • This was first published in December 2005

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