"The parameter is incorrect" error message when you try to use GPMC to back up a GPO in Windows 7 or in Windows Server 2008 R2

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Symptoms

Consider the following scenario:
  • You have a computer that is running Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2.
  • You use Group Policy Management Console (GPMC) to connect to a domain controller.
  • You set "NT Service\TrustedInstaller" as the owner of a file, a registry item, or a service in a Group Policy object (GPO).
  • You try to use GPMC to back up the GPO.
In this scenario, the backup operation fails. Additionally, you receive an error message that resembles the following:
Status:
GPO: <GPO name> failed

The overall error was: The parameter is incorrect.
Addtional details follow.

[Error] The task cannot be completed. There was an error with extension [Security]. The setting [File Security] from file [\\domain.com\sysvol\domain.com\policies\{GPO_GUID}\Machine\microsoft\windows nt\SecEdit\GptTmpl.inf] cannot be accessed.
The following error occurred:
The parameter is incorrect.

Cause

This issue occurs because GPMC assumes that all security IDs (SIDs) are followed by a closing parenthesis ")". However, this assumption is not always true. When a SID is not followed by a closing parenthesis ")", GPMC incorrectly handles the SID. This behavior causes the issue that is mentioned in the "Symptoms" section.

Resolution

Hotfix information

A supported hotfix is available from Microsoft. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing the problem described in this article. This hotfix might receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the next software update that contains this hotfix.

If the hotfix is available for download, there is a "Hotfix download available" section at the top of this Knowledge Base article. If this section does not appear, contact Microsoft Customer Service and Support to obtain the hotfix.

Note If additional issues occur or if any troubleshooting is required, you might have to create a separate service request. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for this specific hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Service and Support telephone numbers or to create a separate service request, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://support.microsoft.com/contactus/?ws=support
Note The "Hotfix download available" form displays the languages for which the hotfix is available. If you do not see your language, it is because a hotfix is not available for that language.

Prerequisites

To apply this hotfix, you must be running one of the following operating systems:
  • Windows 7
  • Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1)
  • Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1)
For more information about how to obtain a Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 service pack, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
976932 Information about Service Pack 1 for Windows 7 and for Windows Server 2008 R2

Registry information

To use the hotfix in this package, you do not have to make any changes to the registry.

Restart requirement

You must restart the computer after you apply this hotfix.

Hotfix replacement information

This hotfix does not replace a previously released hotfix.

File information

The global version of this hotfix installs files that have the attributes that are listed in the following tables. The dates and the times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). The dates and the times for these files on your local computer are displayed in your local time together with your current daylight saving time (DST) bias. Additionally, the dates and the times may change when you perform certain operations on the files.
Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 file information notes
Important Windows 7 hotfixes and Windows Server 2008 R2 hotfixes are included in the same packages. However, hotfixes on the Hotfix Request page are listed under both operating systems. To request the hotfix package that applies to one or both operating systems, select the hotfix that is listed under "Windows 7/Windows Server 2008 R2" on the page. Always refer to the "Applies To" section in articles to determine the actual operating system that each hotfix applies to.
  • The files that apply to a specific product, SR_Level (RTM, SPn), and service branch (LDR, GDR) can be identified by examining the file version numbers as shown in the following table.
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    VersionProductSR_LevelService branch
    6.1.760 0 . 16xxxWindows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2RTMGDR
    6.1.760 0 . 21xxxWindows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2RTMLDR
    6.1.760 1 . 17xxxWindows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2SP1GDR
    6.1.760 1 . 21xxxWindows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2SP1LDR
  • The MANIFEST files (.manifest) and the MUM files (.mum) that are installed for each environment are listed separately in the "Additional file information for Windows Server 2008 R2 and for Windows 7" section. MUM and MANIFEST files, and the associated security catalog (.cat) files, are extremely important to maintain the state of the updated components. The security catalog files, for which the attributes are not listed, are signed with a Microsoft digital signature.
For all supported x86-based versions of Windows 7
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File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Gpmgmt.dll6.1.7600.210461,664,51206-Sep-201104:27x86
Gprsop.dll6.1.7600.16385453,12014-Jul-200901:15x86
Gpmgmt.dll6.1.7601.218111,664,51206-Sep-201106:15x86
Gprsop.dll6.1.7601.17514453,12020-Nov-201012:19x86
For all supported x64-based versions of Windows 7 and of Windows Server 2008 R2
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File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Gpmgmt.dll6.1.7600.210462,300,41606-Sep-201105:24x64
Gprsop.dll6.1.7600.16385479,23214-Jul-200901:40x64
Gpmgmt.dll6.1.7601.218112,300,41606-Sep-201106:29x64
Gprsop.dll6.1.7601.17514479,23220-Nov-201013:26x64
Gpmgmt.dll6.1.7600.210461,664,51206-Sep-201104:27x86
Gprsop.dll6.1.7600.16385453,12014-Jul-200901:15x86
Gpmgmt.dll6.1.7601.218111,664,51206-Sep-201106:15x86
Gprsop.dll6.1.7601.17514453,12020-Nov-201012:19x86
For all supported IA-64–based versions of Windows Server 2008 R2
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File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Gpmgmt.dll6.1.7600.210463,613,69606-Sep-201104:13IA-64
Gprsop.dll6.1.7600.16385699,39214-Jul-200901:46IA-64
Gpmgmt.dll6.1.7601.218113,613,69606-Sep-201104:08IA-64
Gprsop.dll6.1.7601.17514699,39220-Nov-201010:26IA-64
Gpmgmt.dll6.1.7600.210461,664,51206-Sep-201104:27x86
Gprsop.dll6.1.7600.16385453,12014-Jul-200901:15x86
Gpmgmt.dll6.1.7601.218111,664,51206-Sep-201106:15x86
Gprsop.dll6.1.7601.17514453,12020-Nov-201012:19x86

Status

Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.

More information

For more information about software update terminology, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
824684 Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates
For more information about SID strings, visit the following Microsoft website:
General information about SID strings

Additional file information

Additional file information for Windows 7 and for Windows Server 2008 R2

Additional files for all supported x86-based versions of Windows 7
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File nameUpdate.mum
File versionNot applicable
File size1,961
Date (UTC)06-Sep-2011
Time (UTC)09:19
PlatformNot applicable
File nameX86_a1d227c074a2477adc7d960166e9cba7_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7601.21811_none_33fb8cb0f533992f.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size725
Date (UTC)06-Sep-2011
Time (UTC)09:19
PlatformNot applicable
File nameX86_ffc8d2993fe31011b610f088e3f875ca_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.21046_none_50b9a9b0c0372f18.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size725
Date (UTC)06-Sep-2011
Time (UTC)09:19
PlatformNot applicable
File nameX86_microsoft-windows-g..admintools-gpmc-api_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.21046_none_c73d29f1b9a60329.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size69,223
Date (UTC)06-Sep-2011
Time (UTC)09:26
PlatformNot applicable
File nameX86_microsoft-windows-g..admintools-gpmc-api_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7601.21811_none_c93f1f0db6b86674.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size69,223
Date (UTC)06-Sep-2011
Time (UTC)09:26
PlatformNot applicable
Additional files for all supported x64-based versions of Windows 7 and of Windows Server 2008 R2
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File nameAmd64_207e5e85632a48008effb646b6aeac36_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7601.21811_none_5e45dd573a796ff6.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size1,098
Date (UTC)06-Sep-2011
Time (UTC)09:19
PlatformNot applicable
File nameAmd64_3cab933890fc8fc0417931e27189bfe2_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.21046_none_1056c48d29df6e53.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size1,098
Date (UTC)06-Sep-2011
Time (UTC)09:19
PlatformNot applicable
File nameAmd64_microsoft-windows-g..admintools-gpmc-api_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.21046_none_235bc5757203745f.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size69,229
Date (UTC)06-Sep-2011
Time (UTC)09:33
PlatformNot applicable
File nameAmd64_microsoft-windows-g..admintools-gpmc-api_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7601.21811_none_255dba916f15d7aa.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size69,229
Date (UTC)06-Sep-2011
Time (UTC)09:33
PlatformNot applicable
File nameUpdate.mum
File versionNot applicable
File size2,399
Date (UTC)06-Sep-2011
Time (UTC)09:19
PlatformNot applicable
File nameX86_microsoft-windows-g..admintools-gpmc-api_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.21046_none_c73d29f1b9a60329.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size69,223
Date (UTC)06-Sep-2011
Time (UTC)09:33
PlatformNot applicable
File nameX86_microsoft-windows-g..admintools-gpmc-api_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7601.21811_none_c93f1f0db6b86674.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size69,223
Date (UTC)06-Sep-2011
Time (UTC)09:33
PlatformNot applicable
Additional files for all supported IA-64–based versions of Windows Server 2008 R2
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File nameIa64_86aabf2d7bcf5701a5a44807f36d4fe0_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.21046_none_c2e3b6f4b65761d5.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size1,096
Date (UTC)06-Sep-2011
Time (UTC)09:19
PlatformNot applicable
File nameIa64_9348fce8037fed796d283db05ce4df9a_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7601.21811_none_3d0190a081a5c616.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size1,096
Date (UTC)06-Sep-2011
Time (UTC)09:19
PlatformNot applicable
File nameIa64_microsoft-windows-g..admintools-gpmc-api_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.21046_none_c73ecde7b9a40c25.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size69,226
Date (UTC)06-Sep-2011
Time (UTC)09:19
PlatformNot applicable
File nameIa64_microsoft-windows-g..admintools-gpmc-api_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7601.21811_none_c940c303b6b66f70.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size69,226
Date (UTC)06-Sep-2011
Time (UTC)09:19
PlatformNot applicable
File nameUpdate.mum
File versionNot applicable
File size1,951
Date (UTC)06-Sep-2011
Time (UTC)09:19
PlatformNot applicable
File nameX86_microsoft-windows-g..admintools-gpmc-api_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.21046_none_c73d29f1b9a60329.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size69,223
Date (UTC)06-Sep-2011
Time (UTC)09:19
PlatformNot applicable
File nameX86_microsoft-windows-g..admintools-gpmc-api_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7601.21811_none_c93f1f0db6b86674.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size69,223
Date (UTC)06-Sep-2011
Time (UTC)09:19
PlatformNot applicable

Properties

Article ID: 2568771 - Last Review: December 27, 2012 - Revision: 2.0
Applies to
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Foundation
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 for Itanium-Based Systems
  • Windows 7 Professional
  • Windows 7 Enterprise
  • Windows 7 Ultimate
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