The Group Policy Object Editor MMC snap-in displays a Group Policy setting as "Not configured" when the value of the setting is longer than 1,024 characters

Symptoms

On a Windows Server 2003-based computer, you configure an administrative template Group Policy setting. For example, you configure the following setting:

User Configuration\Administrative Templates\System\User Profiles\Exclude directories in roaming profileIf the value of the setting is longer than 1,024 characters, the Group Policy Object Editor Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-in displays the Group Policy setting as "Not configured."

Note The state of the Group Policy setting is displayed correctly in the Group Policy Management console (GPMC) MMC snap-in.


Additionally, when you run the Resultant Set of Policies (Rsop.msc) utility to check this Group Policy setting, you find that the setting is not listed. However, this setting is active, and it can be applied successfully to client computers.



The issue causes the administrator to be unable to modify the policy because the current content is missing when they open the setting. If the Administrator clicks OK in the Settings dialog box, the setting is reset to an empty string and the current setting is removed.



Two of the settings that have a good chance of exceeding the 1024 character limit are:

User Configuration\Administrative Templates\System\User Profiles\Exclude directories in roaming profile

User Configuration\Windows Settings\Internet Explorer Maintenance\Connection/Proxy Settings


Note This problem also occurs in Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008.

Cause

This problem occurs because the registry extension engine that is used by the Group Policy Object Editor snap-in cannot load settings that are longer than 1,024 characters.

Resolution

A hotfix is available to resolve this problem. After you apply this hotfix, the Group Policy Object Editor snap-in and the rsop.msc utility can load settings that contain up to 4,096 characters.

Hotfix information for Windows Server 2003

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=supportNote 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 have Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 installed on the computer.

Restart requirement

You have to restart the computer after you apply this hotfix. This is true if the Group Policy Management MMC snap-in and the Group Policy Editor MMC snap-in are running.

Hotfix replacement information

This hotfix does not replace a previously released hotfix.

Registry information

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

File information

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 2003 Service Pack 2, x86-based versions

File name

File version

File size

Date

Time

Platform

Gptext.dll

5.2.3790.4338

235,008

21-Jul-2008

13:55

x86

Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2, x64-based versions

File name

File version

File size

Date

Time

Platform

SP requirement

Service branch

Gptext.dll

5.2.3790.4338

568,832

21-Jul-2008

14:48

IA-64

SP2

Not Applicable

Wgptext.dll

5.2.3790.4338

235,008

21-Jul-2008

14:48

x86

SP2

WOW

Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2, Itanium-based versions

File name

File version

File size

Date

Time

Platform

SP requirement

Service branch

Gptext.dll

5.2.3790.4338

327,168

21-Jul-2008

14:49

x64

SP2

Not Applicable

Wgptext.dll

5.2.3790.4338

235,008

21-Jul-2008

14:49

x86

SP2

WOW

Hotfix information for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008

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=supportNote 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.

Important Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 hotfixes are included in the same packages. However, only one of these products may be listed on the “Hotfix Request” page. To request the hotfix package that applies to both Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008, just select the product that is listed on the page.

Prerequisites

To apply this hotfix, the computer must run one of the following:

  • Windows Vista

  • Windows Vista SP1

  • Windows Server 2008

Restart requirement

You have to restart the computer after you apply this hotfix. This is true if the Group Policy Management MMC snap-in and the Group Policy Editor MMC snap-in are running.

Hotfix replacement information

This hotfix does not replace a previously released hotfix.

Registry information

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

File information

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

File name

File version

File size

Date

Time

Platform

Scrptadm.dll

6.0.6000.20949

412,160

01-Nov-2008

03:28

x86

Scrptadm.dll

6.0.6001.22299

413,184

31-Oct-2008

03:35

x86

Admtmpl.dll

6.0.6001.22299

479,232

31-Oct-2008

03:35

x86

For all supported x64-based versions of Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista

File name

File version

File size

Date

Time

Platform

Scrptadm.dll

6.0.6000.20949

523,776

01-Nov-2008

03:32

x64

Scrptadm.dll

6.0.6001.22299

524,288

31-Oct-2008

05:00

x64

Admtmpl.dll

6.0.6001.22299

632,320

31-Oct-2008

05:00

x64

For all supported Itanium-based versions of Windows Server 2008

File name

File version

File size

Date

Time

Platform

Scrptadm.dll

6.0.6001.22299

975,360

31-Oct-2008

04:55

IA-64

Admtmpl.dll

6.0.6001.22299

1,180,672

31-Oct-2008

04:54

IA-64

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

Additional file information for Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista

Additional files for all supported x86-based versions of Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista

File name

Package_for_kb950085_client_0~31bf3856ad364e35~x86~~6.0.2.0.mum

File version

Not Applicable

File size

1,417

Date (UTC)

04-Nov-2008

Time (UTC)

08:17

File name

Package_for_kb950085_client_1~31bf3856ad364e35~x86~~6.0.2.0.mum

File version

Not Applicable

File size

1,848

Date (UTC)

04-Nov-2008

Time (UTC)

08:17

File name

Package_for_kb950085_client~31bf3856ad364e35~x86~~6.0.2.0.mum

File version

Not Applicable

File size

1,713

Date (UTC)

04-Nov-2008

Time (UTC)

08:17

File name

Package_for_kb950085_server_0~31bf3856ad364e35~x86~~6.0.2.0.mum

File version

Not Applicable

File size

1,901

Date (UTC)

04-Nov-2008

Time (UTC)

08:17

File name

Package_for_kb950085_server~31bf3856ad364e35~x86~~6.0.2.0.mum

File version

Not Applicable

File size

1,431

Date (UTC)

04-Nov-2008

Time (UTC)

08:17

File name

X86_149a18862044b689b0ff4979b90e1c73_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6001.22299_none_9304fa713d073a60.manifest

File version

Not Applicable

File size

714

Date (UTC)

04-Nov-2008

Time (UTC)

08:17

File name

X86_991f691cca4c318cf501e771524acb80_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6000.20949_none_30f33729e78cf452.manifest

File version

Not Applicable

File size

714

Date (UTC)

04-Nov-2008

Time (UTC)

08:17

File name

X86_b8caf62496975282456e6489b1cba041_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6001.22299_none_3b798c21547ae23b.manifest

File version

Not Applicable

File size

724

Date (UTC)

04-Nov-2008

Time (UTC)

08:17

File name

X86_microsoft-windows-g..licy-admin-scrptadm_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6000.20949_none_cfeab49a80e0dd2c.manifest

File version

Not Applicable

File size

44,113

Date (UTC)

01-Nov-2008

Time (UTC)

08:35

File name

X86_microsoft-windows-g..licy-admin-scrptadm_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6001.22299_none_d19ae1be7e2ffcab.manifest

File version

Not Applicable

File size

44,113

Date (UTC)

31-Oct-2008

Time (UTC)

03:55

File name

X86_microsoft-windows-g..radmintools-admtmpl_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6001.22299_none_cf1632bb4099b9fa.manifest

File version

Not Applicable

File size

17,570

Date (UTC)

31-Oct-2008

Time (UTC)

03:58

Additional files for all supported x64-based versions of Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista

File name

Amd64_81b75ed8ec1290ffd7427686d44b9438_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6000.20949_none_7b1b109366f4735f.manifest

File version

Not Applicable

File size

1,076

Date (UTC)

04-Nov-2008

Time (UTC)

08:17

File name

Amd64_9407027ec90dccb9c4bcc91744a812cd_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6001.22299_none_619f7fcc59146b9a.manifest

File version

Not Applicable

File size

1,096

Date (UTC)

04-Nov-2008

Time (UTC)

08:17

File name

Amd64_bcdbb68d3ad692fb8780e85c4a3b8791_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6001.22299_none_8e04feddc1956ba5.manifest

File version

Not Applicable

File size

1,076

Date (UTC)

04-Nov-2008

Time (UTC)

08:17

File name

Amd64_microsoft-windows-g..licy-admin-scrptadm_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6000.20949_none_2c09501e393e4e62.manifest

File version

Not Applicable

File size

44,143

Date (UTC)

01-Nov-2008

Time (UTC)

09:24

File name

Amd64_microsoft-windows-g..licy-admin-scrptadm_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6001.22299_none_2db97d42368d6de1.manifest

File version

Not Applicable

File size

44,143

Date (UTC)

31-Oct-2008

Time (UTC)

05:23

File name

Amd64_microsoft-windows-g..radmintools-admtmpl_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6001.22299_none_2b34ce3ef8f72b30.manifest

File version

Not Applicable

File size

17,604

Date (UTC)

31-Oct-2008

Time (UTC)

05:25

File name

Package_for_kb950085_client_0~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~6.0.2.0.mum

File version

Not Applicable

File size

1,425

Date (UTC)

04-Nov-2008

Time (UTC)

08:17

File name

Package_for_kb950085_client_1~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~6.0.2.0.mum

File version

Not Applicable

File size

1,860

Date (UTC)

04-Nov-2008

Time (UTC)

08:17

File name

Package_for_kb950085_client~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~6.0.2.0.mum

File version

Not Applicable

File size

1,723

Date (UTC)

04-Nov-2008

Time (UTC)

08:17

File name

Package_for_kb950085_server_0~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~6.0.2.0.mum

File version

Not Applicable

File size

1,913

Date (UTC)

04-Nov-2008

Time (UTC)

08:17

File name

Package_for_kb950085_server~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~6.0.2.0.mum

File version

Not Applicable

File size

1,439

Date (UTC)

04-Nov-2008

Time (UTC)

08:17

Additional files for all supported Itanium-based versions of Windows Server 2008

File name

Ia64_62b155c46916fb19ee4e7e8f67077634_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6001.22299_none_38daf43ab1e1cff5.manifest

File version

Not Applicable

File size

1,074

Date (UTC)

04-Nov-2008

Time (UTC)

08:17

File name

Ia64_fa12ca17931bb4ce293b203db05615f3_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6001.22299_none_119218c03fd3159c.manifest

File version

Not Applicable

File size

1,094

Date (UTC)

04-Nov-2008

Time (UTC)

08:17

File name

Ia64_microsoft-windows-g..licy-admin-scrptadm_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6001.22299_none_d19c85b47e2e05a7.manifest

File version

Not Applicable

File size

44,128

Date (UTC)

31-Oct-2008

Time (UTC)

05:24

File name

Ia64_microsoft-windows-g..radmintools-admtmpl_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6001.22299_none_cf17d6b14097c2f6.manifest

File version

Not Applicable

File size

17,587

Date (UTC)

31-Oct-2008

Time (UTC)

05:26

File name

Package_for_kb950085_server_0~31bf3856ad364e35~ia64~~6.0.2.0.mum

File version

Not Applicable

File size

1,907

Date (UTC)

04-Nov-2008

Time (UTC)

08:17

File name

Package_for_kb950085_server~31bf3856ad364e35~ia64~~6.0.2.0.mum

File version

Not Applicable

File size

1,434

Date (UTC)

04-Nov-2008

Time (UTC)

08:17

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