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[SDP 3][4ac5fe8d-ac5f-4939-8960-a54194a416ab] "Windows Small Business Server group policies cannot be configured" installation error

A migration installation of Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard Edition fails and then reports the following issue:

Windows Small Business Server group policies cannot be configured.

Group policies can not be configured

In this situation, the SBSsetup.log that is located at C:\Program Files\Windows Small Business Server\Logs displays the following error:
111205.091758.3837: Task: Running Task(ConfigureGP) with Type(Microsoft.WindowsServerSolutions.ClientDeployment.Tasks.GPOTask) and Assembly(ClientTasks.dll).
[4944] 111205.091758.4472: Task: Beginning of task ClientDeployment.GPOTask
[4944] 111205.091758.4677: Task: no Subkey
[4944] 111205.091758.4736: Task: no Subkey
[4944] 111205.091801.1181: Task: ClientDeployment.GPOTask failed with C:\Program Files\Windows Small Business Server\Bin\GPOTask.exe /config:C:\Users\administrator.JOHNBAY-MIG\AppData\Local\Temp\tmpAE02.tmp
[4944] 111205.091801.1191: Task: Finish of task ClientDeployment.GPOTask
[4944] 111205.091801.1191: Task: In Task ConfigureGP: Windows Small Business Server group policies cannot be configured.
[4944] 111205.091801.1201: Setup: Task ConfigureGP failed.
Small Business Server Setup tries to create several Group Policy settings on the Small Business Server 2011 server. If the Sysvol folder is not shared on the Small Business Server 2011 server, the policy creation tasks fail. This issue occurs if, during the installation process, you receive a pop-up message stating that Active Directory replication is taking longer than expected, and you choose not to wait for replication to finish. 
Microsoft now has a utility that may successfully complete the installation process. However, this utility is intended to correct only the problem that is described in the "Symptoms" section. Apply it only to systems that are experiencing this specific problem. 

To resolve this problem immediately, contact Microsoft Customer Support Services to have a Microsoft Support Professional use this utility to resolve the issue. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Support Services telephone numbers and information about support costs, see

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.
More information
This section describes the information that may be collected from a computer when you run the utility to resolve this problem: 
Computer Name
Virtualization Information
Windows SBS Setup logs
Registry information from: HKLM:\Software\Microsoft\SmallBusinessServer\ClientDeployment\GPO\
For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
973559 Frequently asked questions about the Microsoft Support Diagnostic Tool (MSDT) when it is used with Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2
For more information about the Active Directory replication error, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
2612832 "Active Directory Replication is taking longer than expected" message stops SBS installation

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Article ID: 2645313 - Last Review: 04/15/2013 18:05:00 - Revision: 7.0

Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard

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