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I have a Server 2008 R2 based Active Directory domain. Our default GPO has a few printer/network drive maps that both work fine locally for clients running Windows 7 as well as Windows XP (after applying KB943729). We are currently trying to put some remote offices that do not have local DC's on our domain (connected over site-to-site VPN) and are running into an issue where only machines running Windows 7 are able to pull down these policies and apply them to the local machine. Windows XP clients on the other hand completely ignore the drive/printer map policies. If I try to load rsop.msc on an affected Windows XP client I get an "Invalid Namespace" warning and I can't even see the policy. I have tried:

  • re-joining an affected machine to the domain (does nothing)
  • Disabling Slow Link Detection on both user/computer policies (does nothing)
  • Confirming that the user logged in has rights to the SYSVOL share on the DC. (all Authenticated Users do)

Is there something that I am missing here? I know that putting a local DC in every office would probably fix the issue but we don't have that kind of money to spend right now.

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Can your remote XP machines resolve the name of your DC's? – tegbains Feb 6 '12 at 7:43
Have you turned off RSoP logging by any chance? – the-wabbit Feb 6 '12 at 12:17
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I'd recommend enabling debugging in UserEnv to see what kind of hay you can make from that log.

The "Invalid Namespace" error smacks of a problem with WMI. Are you able to see any results in the RSoP snap-in (I'm not clear what you mean when you say "I can't even see the policy".)

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That was exactly what I needed. DSGetDC was failing and after some research I found there a registry key that I had to edit to turn off slow link detection. Thanks!! – Justin Feb 6 '12 at 22:11
Glad to hear I could help you out. – Evan Anderson Feb 7 '12 at 15:57

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