You receive a "registry.pol" corruption error in Windows Server 2008 R2 and in Windows 7 if you enable the "Certificate Services Client – Certificate Enrollment Policy" policy

Applies to: Windows Server 2008 R2Windows 7

Symptoms


Consider the following scenario:
  • On a computer that is running Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows 7, you use the Group Policy Management Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-in to connect to a domain controller.
  • You locate the following policy in a Group Policy object (GPO):
    Computer Configuration\Windows Settings\Security Settings\Public Key Policies\Certificate Services Client – Certificate Enrollment Policy
  • You double-click the "Certificate Services Client – Certificate Enrollment Policy" policy, you select Enabled for the Configuration Model, and then you click OK.
  • In the Group Policy Management MMC snap-in window, you perform one of the following actions:
    • You right-click the GPO and select the Save Report command.
    • You select the GPO and then click the Settings tab in the right side panel.
In this scenario, you receive the following error message:
An error has occurred while collecting data for Administrative Templates.

The following errors were encountered:
The file "file path\registry.pol" is not in a valid format. The file might be corrupt. Use Group Policy Object Editor to reconfigure the settings in this extension.

Note
  • This issue only affects reports.
  • The Group Policy preferences setting is applied successfully on client computer.

Resolution


You must perform the following steps after you install this hotfix:
  1. Open the Group Policy Management MMC snap-in on the affected computer.
  2. Locate the following policy in a Group Policy object (GPO):
    Computer Configuration\Windows Settings\Security Settings\Public Key Policies\Certificate Services Client – Certificate Enrollment Policy
  3. Double-click the "Certificate Services Client – Certificate Enrollment Policy" policy to open a pop-up window.
  4. Update any setting, and then return the setting to its original value. This action enables the Apply button. Click Apply, and then click OK.
  5. Locate the following policy in a Group Policy object (GPO):
    User Configuration\Windows Settings\Security Settings\Public Key Policies\Certificate Services Client – Certificate Enrollment Policy
  6. Double-click the "Certificate Services Client – Certificate Enrollment Policy" policy to open a pop-up window.
  7. Update any setting, and then return the setting to its original value. This action enables the Apply button. Click Apply, and then click OK.
  8. At a command prompt, type gpupdate /force and then press ENTER.

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: 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 Windows 7 or 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 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 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 7
File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Certmgr.dll6.1.7600.207781,555,45612-Aug-201005:13x86
Certmgr.mscNot Applicable63,07010-Jun-200921:36Not Applicable
For all supported x64-based versions of Windows 7 and of Windows Server 2008 R2
File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Certmgr.dll6.1.7600.207781,796,09612-Aug-201005:49x64
Certmgr.mscNot Applicable63,07010-Jun-200920:56Not Applicable
Certmgr.dll6.1.7600.207781,555,45612-Aug-201005:13x86
Certmgr.mscNot Applicable63,07010-Jun-200921:36Not Applicable
For all supported IA-64-based versions of Windows Server 2008 R2
File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Certmgr.dll6.1.7600.207783,277,31212-Aug-201004:42IA-64
Certmgr.mscNot Applicable63,07010-Jun-200921:01Not Applicable
Certmgr.dll6.1.7600.207781,555,45612-Aug-201005:13x86
Certmgr.mscNot Applicable63,07010-Jun-200921:36Not Applicable

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 how to manage certificate enrollment policy by using Group Policy preferences settings, view the following Microsoft Tech website: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 7 and for Windows Server 2008 R2

Additional files for all supported x86-based versions of Windows 7
File nameUpdate.mum
File versionNot Applicable
File size1,654
Date (UTC)12-Aug-2010
Time (UTC)15:19
PlatformNot Applicable
File nameX86_972698a2cc02ee4ca37a4afc94cd0a61_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.20778_none_5a571a70b178e090.manifest
File versionNot Applicable
File size715
Date (UTC)12-Aug-2010
Time (UTC)15:19
PlatformNot Applicable
File nameX86_microsoft-windows-c..atemanagersnapindll_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.20778_none_558e50d625f2d39b.manifest
File versionNot Applicable
File size22,906
Date (UTC)12-Aug-2010
Time (UTC)05:52
PlatformNot Applicable
Additional files for all supported x64-based versions of Windows 7 and of Windows Server 2008 R2
File nameAmd64_4c813b946bbb4c341ad15c4f962cc404_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.20778_none_4a579ac23e6fb53d.manifest
File versionNot Applicable
File size1,078
Date (UTC)12-Aug-2010
Time (UTC)15:19
PlatformNot Applicable
File nameAmd64_microsoft-windows-c..atemanagersnapindll_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.20778_none_b1acec59de5044d1.manifest
File versionNot Applicable
File size22,914
Date (UTC)12-Aug-2010
Time (UTC)06:40
PlatformNot Applicable
File nameUpdate.mum
File versionNot Applicable
File size1,664
Date (UTC)12-Aug-2010
Time (UTC)15:19
PlatformNot Applicable
File nameX86_microsoft-windows-c..atemanagersnapindll_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.20778_none_558e50d625f2d39b.manifest
File versionNot Applicable
File size22,906
Date (UTC)12-Aug-2010
Time (UTC)05:52
PlatformNot Applicable
Additional files for all supported IA-64-based versions of Windows Server 2008 R2
File nameIa64_c9bd0d8c8bc06afd27a15c14047ed278_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.20778_none_6091d5848a660935.manifest
File versionNot Applicable
File size1,076
Date (UTC)12-Aug-2010
Time (UTC)15:19
PlatformNot Applicable
File nameIa64_microsoft-windows-c..atemanagersnapindll_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.20778_none_558ff4cc25f0dc97.manifest
File versionNot Applicable
File size22,910
Date (UTC)12-Aug-2010
Time (UTC)06:33
PlatformNot Applicable
File nameUpdate.mum
File versionNot Applicable
File size1,469
Date (UTC)12-Aug-2010
Time (UTC)15:19
PlatformNot Applicable
File nameX86_microsoft-windows-c..atemanagersnapindll_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.20778_none_558e50d625f2d39b.manifest
File versionNot Applicable
File size22,906
Date (UTC)12-Aug-2010
Time (UTC)05:52
PlatformNot Applicable