windows-server-2008

The processing of Group Policy failed. Windows attempted to read the file…


There are a number of reasons this error could be happening.

The processing of Group Policy failed

When you try to run gpupdate /force you receive the following error:

User policy could not be updated successfully. The following errors were encountered.

The processing of Group Policy failed. Windows attempted to read the file \\domain.local\SysVol\domain.local\Policies\{Policy_Folder}\gpt.ini from a domain controller and was not successful. Group Policy settings my not be applied until this event is resolved. This issue may be transient and could be caused by one or more of the following:

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The first thing you will want to do is take a look at the event viewer logs. In this instance it turned out to be a Journal Wrapping error which was causing File Replication Services to fail on our domain controllers.

The error was: The File Replication Service has detected that the replica set “DOMAIN SYSTEM VOLUME(SYSVOL SHARE)” is in JRNL_WRAP_ERROR

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Microsoft’s solution says to do the following in the registry:

Set the “Enable Journal Wrap Automatic Restore” registry parameter to 1
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\NtFrs\Parameters”

However if you are running on a post Windows Server 2000 than this is not a good solution. Instead you should use the Burflags method as described by Rune in this article: http://adfordummiez.com/?p=61

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After that try running gpupdate /force and it should result in success!

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