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Some policy settings do not show in GPMC reports

Updated: March 2, 2005

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

The behavior of the LISTBOX ADDITIVE keyword was modified for the administrative template files in Windows XP with Service Pack 2 (SP2).

There is a problem with this new functionality that occurs when you attempt to run GPMC Reporting for Policy Settings. GPMC Reports does not properly format the information that it receives for policy settings that use the LISTBOX ADDITIVE functionality.

Cause

This problem is caused by how GPMC handles the new Administrative templates that were added in Windows XP SP2. It does not recognize entries in the Administrative templates that are enclosed by the "#if version >= 5" / "#endif" statement. Because it is unable to recognize those entries, when you run a Reporting for Policy Settings modeling report, GPMC displays all of the data from those entries at the bottom of the document under Extra Registry Settings instead of User Configuration or Computer Configuration. Also, it does not show the display names for these settings, although it does provide information about the name of the registry key and the state of the setting.

Solution

This problem affects administrative reports only. It does not effect the functionality of the LISTBOX ADDITIVE keyword. Currently, there is no fix for this problem in GPMC.

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