I keep getting the error message

"Failed to open the Group Policy Object. You may not have appropriate rights. Details: The specified domain either does not exist or could not be contacted."

When trying to add a group policy on the domain controller.

I'm logging in with my account on the domain but have all administrative privileges available on the server (Windows 2003).

I ran dcdiag and it produced the error: An Error Event occured. EventID: 0xC101003B Event String could not be retrieved



  • You have administrative privileges on the server, or the domain?
    – Nixphoe
    Aug 11, 2011 at 19:29
  • What groups is your user account in?
    – joeqwerty
    Aug 11, 2011 at 19:31
  • should be both. Even logging in with the administrator account on the server will not allow changes.
    – wyo9089
    Aug 11, 2011 at 19:40
  • My account is in Administrators group, DnsAdmins, Domin Admins, Domain Users
    – wyo9089
    Aug 11, 2011 at 19:42
  • dcdiag (if this is on a domain controller) or netdiag show any errors?
    – Nixphoe
    Aug 11, 2011 at 19:58

1 Answer 1


I found the solution. Rebooted the server after hours and I'm now able to edit group policies. Simple enough.

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