In an Active Directory domain environment, you define the following Group Policy setting on a Group Policy object (GPO):
Computer Configuration\Policies\Windows Settings\Security Settings\Local Policies\User Rights Assignment\Create symbolic links
Then, on a Windows Server 2008-based computer or on a Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1)-based computer that has Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) installed, you use the Group Policy Management tool (GPMC.MSC) to generate a report of the GPO settings.
Note To generate a report of the GPO settings, click the GPO under the "Forest\Domains\Domain\Group Policy Objects" node, and then click the Settings tab in the right pane.
In this case, the "Create symbolic links" Group Policy setting does not appear in the report.
Also, on the computer where GPMC is running, you run the Group Policy Results wizard for the computers or users to which this Group Policy setting should be applied. Then, when you click the Settings tab, in the "Computer Configuration\Policies\Windows Settings\Security Settings" area, you receive the following error message:
An error has occurred while collecting data for Security Configuration Engine (SCE) Extension.
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 this specific problem. 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.
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To apply this hotfix, you must have Windows Server 2008 or Windows Vista SP1 installed on the computer.
You may have to restart the computer after you apply this hotfix.
Hotfix replacement information
This hotfix does not replace any other previously released hotfixes.
To use this hotfix, you do not have to make any changes to the registry.
The English version of this hotfix has the file attributes (or later file attributes) that are listed in the following table. The dates and times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). When you view the file information, it is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone tab in the Date and Time item in Control Panel.
Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista note
The MANIFEST files (.manifest) and MUM files (.mum) installed for each environment are listed separately. MUM and MANIFEST files, and the associated security catalog (.cat) files, are critical to maintaining the state of the updated component. The security catalog files (attributes not listed) are signed with a Microsoft digital signature.
For all supported x86-based versions of Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista