"Terminal Session" targeting item does not work for a Group Policy preferences setting on a client computer that is running Windows Server 2008 or Windows Vista

Applies to: Windows Server 2008 EnterpriseWindows Server 2008 Enterprise without Hyper-VWindows Server 2008 Datacenter

Symptoms


Consider the following scenario:
  • You create a Group Policy preferences setting in a Group Policy object (GPO).
  • You enable the Item-level targeting option for the Group Policy preferences setting.
  • You create a Terminal Session targeting item in the Targeting Editor window and define the targeting item.
  • You log on to a terminal server session from a client computer that is running Windows Server 2008 or Windows Vista and that meets the settings for the targeting item.
In this scenario, the Terminal Session targeting item does not work. Therefore, the Group Policy preferences setting is not applied on the computer correctly.

Cause


This issue occurs because the Group Policy preferences client-side engine does not use the session of the current user as the current session.

When the client-side engine for Group Policy preferences handles the item-level targeting options for Terminal Session, the engine tries to match the terminal server session information by using the current session information. However, the engine does not use the session of the current user as the current session. The engine incorrectly uses the session of the Group Policy Client service as the current session. Therefore, the item-level targeting options for Terminal Session are not applied to the expected terminal server sessions.

Resolution


To resolve this issue on a computer that is running Windows Vista, install hotfix 977893.

For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
977893 Error message when you install an update by using Windows Update on a computer that is running Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008: "0x80070490"

To resolve this issue on a computer that is running Windows Server 2008, install hotfix 974825.

For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
974825 You cannot deploy a shared printer in Windows Server 2008 if the owner is not the SYSTEM account or a member of the Administrators group

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