Error message when you view or modify the migrated Group Policy objects in Windows Server 2008: "Attribute cannot be empty"

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SYMPTOMS

Consider the following scenario:
  • You migrate some Group Policy objects (GPO) from a computer that is running Windows Server 2003 to a computer that is running Windows Server 2008.
  • You try to use the Group Policy Management Editor or the Local Group Policy Editor to view or to modify these GPOs.
In this scenario, the operation fails and generates the following error message:

Encountered an error while parsing.
Attribute 'attribute name' cannot be empty. File: file name

CAUSE

This problem occurs because the Group Policy Management Editor or the Local Group Policy Editor validates an .admx file incorrectly when one or more attributes have an empty value.

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, your computer must be running one of the following operating systems:
  • Windows Vista Service Pack 2 (SP2)
  • Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 (SP2)
Additionally, the computer must have the Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) installed if your computer is running Windows Vista 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

Registry information

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

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 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 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 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
Scrptadm.dll6.0.6002.22311413,18 413-Jan- 201017:52x86
Admtmpl.dll6.0.6002.22311479,23213-Jan- 201017:49x86
For all supported x64-based versions of Windows Server 2008 and of Windows Vista
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File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Scrptadm.dll6.0.6002.22311523,77613-Jan-201017:54x64
Admtmpl.dll6.0.6002.22311632,32013-Jan-201017:51x64
For all supported IA-64-based versions of Windows Server 2008
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File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Scrptadm.dll6.0.6002.22311974,84813-Jan-201017:45IA-64
Admtmpl.dll6.0.6002.223111,180,67213-Jan-201017:41IA-64

WORKAROUND

To work around this problem, replace all empty values with a space character in the problematic .admx files.

Note A space character is entered when you press the SPACEBAR one time.

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 the .admx files, visit the following Web site:
ADMX Technology Review
For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
979039 Error message when you view or modify the migrated Group Policy objects in Windows Server 2008 R2: "Attribute cannot be empty"
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 nameUpdate.mum
File versionNot Applicable
File size3,155
Date (UTC)14-Jan-2010
Time (UTC)09:07
PlatformNot Applicable
File nameX86_ea7af238b2b5ad1a05c06d602d329b92_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6002.22311_none_77a0a4aef4c15b5e.manifest
File versionNot Applicable
File size714
Date (UTC)14-Jan-2010
Time (UTC)09:07
PlatformNot Applicable
File nameX86_f448157c0968db690a04cad36470061d_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6002.22311_none_902a4a3c45fd1c7a.manifest
File versionNot Applicable
File size724
Date (UTC)14-Jan-2010
Time (UTC)09:07
PlatformNot Applicable
File nameX86_microsoft-windows-g..licy-admin-scrptadm_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6002.22311_none_d3cfd84e7b1c9c2b.manifest
File versionNot Applicable
File size44,113
Date (UTC)13-Jan-2010
Time (UTC)22:40
PlatformNot Applicable
File nameX86_microsoft-windows-g..radmintools-admtmpl_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6002.22311_none_d14b294b3d86597a.manifest
File versionNot Applicable
File size17,570
Date (UTC)13-Jan-2010
Time (UTC)22:42
PlatformNot Applicable
Additional files for all supported x64-based versions of Windows Vista and of Windows Server 2008
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File nameAmd64_0a1a101ba51873e9a5ac8df2deb7ee88_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6002.22311_none_7a5f5f70f98a359a.manifest
File versionNot Applicable
File size1,076
Date (UTC)14-Jan-2010
Time (UTC)09:07
PlatformNot Applicable
File nameAmd64_97576c21bb2eb63e657a984d7c3e872b_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6002.22311_none_c694843e75416108.manifest
File versionNot Applicable
File size1,096
Date (UTC)14-Jan-2010
Time (UTC)09:07
PlatformNot Applicable
File nameAmd64_microsoft-windows-g..licy-admin-scrptadm_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6002.22311_none_2fee73d2337a0d61.manifest
File versionNot Applicable
File size44,143
Date (UTC)13-Jan-2010
Time (UTC)22:38
PlatformNot Applicable
File nameAmd64_microsoft-windows-g..radmintools-admtmpl_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6002.22311_none_2d69c4cef5e3cab0.manifest
File versionNot Applicable
File size17,604
Date (UTC)13-Jan-2010
Time (UTC)22:40
PlatformNot Applicable
File nameUpdate.mum
File versionNot Applicable
File size3,181
Date (UTC)14-Jan-2010
Time (UTC)09:07
PlatformNot Applicable
File nameX86_microsoft-windows-g..licy-admin-scrptadm_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6002.22311_none_d3cfd84e7b1c9c2b.manifest
File versionNot Applicable
File size44,113
Date (UTC)13-Jan-2010
Time (UTC)22:40
PlatformNot Applicable
File nameX86_microsoft-windows-g..radmintools-admtmpl_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6002.22311_none_d14b294b3d86597a.manifest
File versionNot Applicable
File size17,570
Date (UTC)13-Jan-2010
Time (UTC)22:42
PlatformNot Applicable
Additional files for all supported IA-64-based versions of Windows Server 2008
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File nameIa64_158b3ee6bc715142ade27082aeb7383f_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6002.22311_none_b0c399eb33ac09ee.manifest
File versionNot Applicable
File size1,074
Date (UTC)14-Jan-2010
Time (UTC)09:07
PlatformNot Applicable
File nameIa64_6581d6cb901e9f200857c2c259c8e83e_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6002.22311_none_e8987293d51527c1.manifest
File versionNot Applicable
File size1,094
Date (UTC)14-Jan-2010
Time (UTC)09:07
PlatformNot Applicable
File nameIa64_microsoft-windows-g..licy-admin-scrptadm_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6002.22311_none_d3d17c447b1aa527.manifest
File versionNot Applicable
File size44,128
Date (UTC)13-Jan-2010
Time (UTC)22:05
PlatformNot Applicable
File nameIa64_microsoft-windows-g..radmintools-admtmpl_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6002.22311_none_d14ccd413d846276.manifest
File versionNot Applicable
File size17,587
Date (UTC)13-Jan-2010
Time (UTC)22:07
PlatformNot Applicable
File nameUpdate.mum
File versionNot Applicable
File size1,954
Date (UTC)14-Jan-2010
Time (UTC)09:07
PlatformNot Applicable
File nameX86_microsoft-windows-g..licy-admin-scrptadm_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6002.22311_none_d3cfd84e7b1c9c2b.manifest
File versionNot Applicable
File size44,113
Date (UTC)13-Jan-2010
Time (UTC)22:40
PlatformNot Applicable
File nameX86_microsoft-windows-g..radmintools-admtmpl_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6002.22311_none_d14b294b3d86597a.manifest
File versionNot Applicable
File size17,570
Date (UTC)13-Jan-2010
Time (UTC)22:42
PlatformNot Applicable

Properties

Article ID: 979293 - Last Review: October 10, 2011 - Revision: 2.0
APPLIES TO
  • Windows Vista Business
  • Windows Vista Enterprise
  • Windows Vista Home Basic
  • Windows Vista Home Premium
  • Windows Vista Ultimate
  • Windows Vista Business 64-bit Edition
  • Windows Vista Enterprise 64-bit Edition
  • Windows Vista Home Basic 64-bit Edition
  • Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit Edition
  • Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit Edition
  • 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 for Itanium-Based Systems
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