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Event ID 1079 — Group Policy Preprocessing (Active Directory)

Updated: September 21, 2007

Applies To: Windows Server 2008

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Group Policy processing requires Active Directory. The Group Policy service reads and updates information stored in Active Directory. The absence of Active Directory (or a domain controller) prevents Group Policy from applying to the computer or user.

Event Details

Product: Windows Operating System
ID: 1079
Source: Microsoft-Windows-GroupPolicy
Version: 6.0
Symbolic Name: gpEvent_FAILED_GPO_SEARCH
Message: The processing of Group Policy failed. Windows could not obtain the list of Group Policy objects applicable for this computer or user. View the event details for more information.

Resolve

Correct searching for Group Policy objects

The Group Policy service failed to obtain a list of Group Policy objects from the domain controller.

Verify

Group Policy applies during computer startup and user logon. Afterward, Group Policy applies every 90 to 120 minutes. Events appearing in the event log may not reflect the most current state of Group Policy. Therefore, you should always refresh Group Policy to determine if Group Policy is working correctly.

To refresh Group Policy on a specific computer:

  1. Open the Start menu. Click All Programs and then click Accessories.
  2. Click Command Prompt.
  3. In the command prompt window, type gpupdate and then press ENTER.
  4. When the gpupdate command completes, open the Event Viewer.

Group Policy is working correctly if the last Group Policy event to appear in the System event log has one of the following event IDs:

  • 1500
  • 1501
  • 1502
  • 1503

Related Management Information

Group Policy Preprocessing (Active Directory)

Group Policy Infrastructure

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