Users who are in a group that you have denied Write permissions for in the access control list of a Group Policy object (GPO) cannot access the GPO folder in Windows Server 2003

Symptoms

On a Microsoft Windows Server 2003-based domain controller, you use the Group Policy tab in the Active Directory Users and Computers MMC snap-in to explicitly deny Write permissions for a specific user group in the access control list (ACL) of a Group Policy object (GPO). Then, the users who are in the specified group cannot access the Group Policy object folder in the %SystemRoot%\SYSVOL\sysvol\DomainName\Policies folder.

Resolution

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 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.

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

No prerequisites are required.

Restart requirement

You do not have to restart your computer after you apply this hotfix.

Hotfix replacement information

This hotfix does not replace any other hotfixes.

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 tool in Control Panel.

Windows Server 2003 32-Bit Edition

Date Time Version Size File name
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30-Aug-2004 22:13 5.2.3790.206 560,128 Gpedit.dll

Windows Server 2003 64-Bit Edition

Date Time Version Size File name Platform
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30-Aug-2004 09:48 5.2.3790.206 1,260,544 Gpedit.dll IA-64
30-Aug-2004 09:44 5.2.3790.206 560,128 Wgpedit.dll x86

Workaround

To work around this problem, follow these steps:
  1. Click Start, point to Programs, point to Administrative Tools, and then click Active Directory Users and Computers.
  2. In the Active Directory Users and Computers window, on the View menu, click Advanced Features.

  3. In the left pane, expand System, and then click Policies.

  4. In the right pane, right-click the GPO folder that you want to modify, and then click

    Properties.

  5. Click the Security tab, and then click the group in the Group or user names list for which you want to set the access permission.



    Note You may click Add to add a group or a user if the user or group is not in the Group or user names list.

  6. In the Permissions for Authenticated Users list, under the Deny column, click to select the check box that is next to the Write permission, and then click OK.

  7. On the File menu, click Exit to close the Active Directory Users and Computers window.

  8. Click Start, click Run, type explorer.exe, and then click OK.
  9. In Windows Explorer, locate and then click the following folder:
    %SystemRoot%\SYSVOL\sysvol\DomainName\Policies
    Note In this folder name, DomainName is the name of the domain.
  10. In the right pane, right-click the GPO folder that you want to modify, and then click

    Properties.
  11. Click the Security tab, and then click the group in the Group or user names list for which you want to set the access permission.



    Note You may click Add to add a group or a user if the user or group is not in the Group or user names list.

  12. In the Permissions for Authenticated Users list, under the Deny column, click to select the check box that is next to the Write permission, and then click OK.

  13. Close Windows Explorer.

Status

Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.

References

For additional information about how hotfix packages are named, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

816915 New file naming schema for Microsoft Windows software update packages

For additional information about the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates, 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

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