The changes to a Group Policy object (GPO) are not applied in a Windows Server 2008-based domain that has some read/write domain controllers and some read-only domain controllers

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Symptoms

Consider the following scenario:
  • You set up both some read/write domain controllers and some read-only domain controllers in a Windows Server 2008-based domain.
  • You open the Group Policy Management Editor to edit a Group Policy object (GPO) on a client computer in the domain.
  • You create a new GPO using GPMC or AGMP and your Environment has replication latencies
In this scenario, the changes to the GPO are not applied.

Note The issue does not occur on the domain controllers that are running Windows Server 2008 R2 because the SYSVOL folder that is located on read-only domain controllers does not accept write operations.

Cause

This issue occurs because the Group Policy Management Editor cannot guarantee that all the GPO data is written to the same domain controller (DC).

The GPO data includes the Active Directory data and the SYSVOL data. The Active Directory data is saved on a read/write domain controller. The SYSVOL data can be saved on either a read/write domain controller or a read-only domain controller, depending on the link target cache of the Distributed File System (DFS) client.

If the SYSVOL data is saved on a read-only domain controller, the SYSVOL data is discarded during file replication process because the read-only domain controllers cannot make the change. This file replication process is either through File Replication Service (FRS) or DFS Replication. This behavior causes the Active Directory data and the SYSVOL data not to be the same. Therefore, the changes to the GPO are ignored because the SYSVOL data is not available.

Resolution

Hotfix information

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

To resolve this problem immediately, contact Microsoft Customer Support Services to obtain the hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Support Services telephone numbers and information about support costs, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://support.microsoft.com/contactus/?ws=support
Note In special cases, charges that are ordinarily incurred for support calls may be canceled if a Microsoft Support Professional determines that a specific update will resolve your problem. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for the specific update in question.

Prerequisites

To apply this hotfix, your computer must be running one of the following operating systems:
  • Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1)
  • Windows Vista Service Pack 2 (SP2)
  • Windows Server 2008
  • Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 (SP2)
For more information about how to obtain a Windows Vista service pack, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
935791 How to obtain the latest Windows Vista service pack
For more information about how to obtain a Windows Server 2008 service pack, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
968849 How to obtain the latest service pack for Windows Server 2008

Restart requirement

You do not have to restart the computer after you apply this hotfix.

Hotfix replacement information

This hotfix does not replace a previously released hotfix.

File information

The English (United States) 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 Vista and Windows Server 2008 file information notes
Important Windows Vista hotfixes and Windows Server 2008 hotfixes are included in the same packages. However, only "Windows Vista" is listed on the Hotfix Request page. To request the hotfix package that applies to one or both of these operating systems, select the hotfix that is listed under "Windows Vista" 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
    6.0.600 0 . 20xxxWindows VistaRTMLDR
    6.0.600 1 . 22xxxWindows Vista and Windows Server 2008SP1LDR
    6.0.600 2 . 22xxxWindows Vista and Windows Server 2008SP2LDR
  • Service Pack 1 is integrated into the release version of Windows Server 2008. Therefore, RTM milestone files apply only to Windows Vista. RTM milestone files have a 6.0.0000.xxxxxx version number.
  • 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 and for Windows Vista" section. MUM files and MANIFEST files, and the associated security catalog (.cat) files, are extremely important to maintaining the state of the updated component. 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 Server 2008 and of Windows Vista
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File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Gpedit.dll6.0.6001.22564950,78416-Nov-200914:09x86
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File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Gpedit.dll6.0.6002.22268950,78416-Nov-200913:59x86
For all supported x64-based versions of Windows Server 2008 and of Windows Vista
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File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Gpedit.dll6.0.6001.225641,013,24816-Nov-200914:46x64
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File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Gpedit.dll6.0.6002.222681,013,24816-Nov-200913:58x64
For all supported IA-64-based versions of Windows Server 2008
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File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Gpedit.dll6.0.6001.225641,534,46416-Nov-200916:31IA-64
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File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Gpedit.dll6.0.6002.222681,534,46416-Nov-200913:52IA-64

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

Additional file information

Additional file information for Windows Vista and for Windows Server 2008

Additional files for all supported x86-based versions of Windows Vista and of Windows Server 2008
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File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Package_for_kb977401_client_1~31bf3856ad364e35~x86~~6.0.1.0.mumNot Applicable1,36717-Nov-200909:47Not Applicable
Package_for_kb977401_client_2~31bf3856ad364e35~x86~~6.0.1.0.mumNot Applicable1,69317-Nov-200909:48Not Applicable
Package_for_kb977401_client~31bf3856ad364e35~x86~~6.0.1.0.mumNot Applicable1,71317-Nov-200909:48Not Applicable
Package_for_kb977401_sc_0~31bf3856ad364e35~x86~~6.0.1.0.mumNot Applicable1,42117-Nov-200909:47Not Applicable
Package_for_kb977401_sc_1~31bf3856ad364e35~x86~~6.0.1.0.mumNot Applicable1,69017-Nov-200909:48Not Applicable
Package_for_kb977401_sc~31bf3856ad364e35~x86~~6.0.1.0.mumNot Applicable1,70117-Nov-200909:48Not Applicable
Package_for_kb977401_server_0~31bf3856ad364e35~x86~~6.0.1.0.mumNot Applicable1,42517-Nov-200909:47Not Applicable
Package_for_kb977401_server_1~31bf3856ad364e35~x86~~6.0.1.0.mumNot Applicable1,69417-Nov-200909:48Not Applicable
Package_for_kb977401_server~31bf3856ad364e35~x86~~6.0.1.0.mumNot Applicable1,71317-Nov-200909:48Not Applicable
X86_microsoft-windows-g..policy-admin-gpedit_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6001.22564_none_ce7ef2987e3209ed.manifestNot Applicable17,67816-Nov-200917:32Not Applicable
X86_microsoft-windows-g..policy-admin-gpedit_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6002.22268_none_d06965a87b54c46d.manifestNot Applicable17,67816-Nov-200915:58Not Applicable
Additional files for all supported x64-based versions of Windows Vista and of Windows Server 2008
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File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Amd64_microsoft-windows-g..policy-admin-gpedit_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6001.22564_none_2a9d8e1c368f7b23.manifestNot Applicable17,73016-Nov-200918:56Not Applicable
Amd64_microsoft-windows-g..policy-admin-gpedit_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6002.22268_none_2c88012c33b235a3.manifestNot Applicable17,73016-Nov-200918:39Not Applicable
Package_for_kb977401_client_1~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~6.0.1.0.mumNot Applicable1,37517-Nov-200909:48Not Applicable
Package_for_kb977401_client_2~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~6.0.1.0.mumNot Applicable1,70517-Nov-200909:48Not Applicable
Package_for_kb977401_client~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~6.0.1.0.mumNot Applicable1,72317-Nov-200909:48Not Applicable
Package_for_kb977401_sc_0~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~6.0.1.0.mumNot Applicable1,42917-Nov-200909:48Not Applicable
Package_for_kb977401_sc_1~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~6.0.1.0.mumNot Applicable1,70217-Nov-200909:48Not Applicable
Package_for_kb977401_sc~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~6.0.1.0.mumNot Applicable1,71117-Nov-200909:48Not Applicable
Package_for_kb977401_server_0~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~6.0.1.0.mumNot Applicable1,43317-Nov-200909:48Not Applicable
Package_for_kb977401_server_1~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~6.0.1.0.mumNot Applicable1,70617-Nov-200909:48Not Applicable
Package_for_kb977401_server~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~6.0.1.0.mumNot Applicable1,72317-Nov-200909:48Not Applicable
Additional files for all supported IA-64-based versions of Windows Server 2008
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File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Ia64_microsoft-windows-g..policy-admin-gpedit_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6001.22564_none_ce80968e7e3012e9.manifestNot Applicable17,70417-Nov-200902:10Not Applicable
Ia64_microsoft-windows-g..policy-admin-gpedit_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6002.22268_none_d06b099e7b52cd69.manifestNot Applicable17,70416-Nov-200915:15Not Applicable
Package_for_kb977401_sc_0~31bf3856ad364e35~ia64~~6.0.1.0.mumNot Applicable1,42517-Nov-200909:47Not Applicable
Package_for_kb977401_sc_1~31bf3856ad364e35~ia64~~6.0.1.0.mumNot Applicable1,52917-Nov-200909:47Not Applicable
Package_for_kb977401_sc~31bf3856ad364e35~ia64~~6.0.1.0.mumNot Applicable1,70617-Nov-200909:47Not Applicable
Package_for_kb977401_server_0~31bf3856ad364e35~ia64~~6.0.1.0.mumNot Applicable1,42917-Nov-200909:47Not Applicable
Package_for_kb977401_server_1~31bf3856ad364e35~ia64~~6.0.1.0.mumNot Applicable1,53317-Nov-200909:47Not Applicable
Package_for_kb977401_server~31bf3856ad364e35~ia64~~6.0.1.0.mumNot Applicable1,71717-Nov-200909:47Not Applicable

Properties

Article ID: 977401 - Last Review: October 31, 2012 - Revision: 1.0
Applies to
  • Windows Vista Service Pack 1
  • Windows Vista Service Pack 2
  • Windows Server 2008 Standard
  • Windows Server 2008 Enterprise
  • Windows Server 2008 Datacenter
  • Windows Server 2008 Standard without Hyper-V
  • Windows Server 2008 Enterprise without Hyper-V
  • Windows Server 2008 Datacenter without Hyper-V
  • Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2
Keywords: 
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