You want to troubleshoot GPO processing issues on a client or server by enabling additional logging in the Application event log.
22.214.171.124 Using a graphical user interface
126.96.36.199 Using a command-line interface
> reg add "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Diagnostics" /v[RETURN] "RunDiagnosticLoggingGroupPolicy" /t REG_DWORD /d 1
188.8.131.52 Using VBScript
' This code enables GPO logging on a target computer ' ------ SCRIPT CONFIGURATION ------ strComputer = "<ComputerName>" ' e.g. rallen-w2k3 ' ------ END CONFIGURATION --------- const HKLM = &H80000002 strRegKey = "SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Diagnostics" set objReg = GetObject("winmgmts:\\" & strComputer _ & "\root\default:StdRegProv") objReg.SetDwordValue HKLM, strRegKey, "RunDiagnosticLoggingGroupPolicy", 1 WScript.Echo "Enabled GPO logging for " & strComputer
If you experience problems with client GPO processing, such as a GPO not getting applied even though you think it should, there aren't many tools that can help you troubleshoot the problem. One way to get detailed information about what GPOs are applied on a client is by enabling additional GPO event logging. If you set the RunDiagnosticLoggingGroupPolicy Registry value to 1, extensive logging will be done in the Application event log. Events detailing the beginning of the GPO processing cycle, what GPOs are applied, and any errors encountered will all be logged. Here is an example of a log message that shows which GPOs are going to be applied on the host DC1. To disable this logging, either delete RunDiagnosticLoggingGroupPolicy or set the value to 0.
Here is a sample event log message:
Event Type: Error Event Source: Userenv Event Category: None Event ID: 1031 Date: 5/26/2003 Time: 5:52:13 PM User: NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM Computer: DC1 Description: Group Policy objects to be applied: "Default Domain Policy" "Default Domain Controllers Policy" .
15.4.4 See Also
MS KB 186454 (How to Enable User Environment Event Logging in Windows 2000)