Posting Thorbjorn's response to this since he's having some problems with email. _____ From: Thorbjörn Sjövold Sent: Tuesday, August 29, 2006 11:52 AM To: 'gptalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx' Subject: RE: [gptalk] Re: Usage of GPO_OPEN_LOAD_REGISTRY | GPO_OPEN_READ_ONLY flags Darren, sorry for being only being a lurker your list and not a contributor anymore :), but you have so many bright people here on the list nowadays. My plan is to become an active contributor again in the future since this is one of the top GP resources available? Raghuramji, IGroupPolicyObject is an old friend of mine; one must remember that Group Policy has a legacy from the old NT 4 system policies, and that some of the COM interfaces and APIs was created before Windows 2000. So in this case, even if the parameter says GPO_OPEN_LOAD_REGISTRY, it really means that you open the GPO in edit mode, regardless if you want to use the Registry.pol or not. I have never encountered this problem, but it sounds like the newly created GPC and GPT are not in sync, i.e. you have access to the GPC, but the GPT is not there. * Are you passing an explicit DC in the pszDomainName parameter or are you letting your system select? *After you create it as a read-only GPO, do you see both the GPC and the GPT on the DC where you created it, if not does replication fix it after a while? * Can you use the OpenDSGPO with GPO_OPEN_LOAD_REGISTRY on an existing GPO? Best, Thorbjörn Sjövold Special Operations Software www.specopssoft.com thorbjorn.sjovold a t specopssoft.com Downlad our free tool for remote Gpupdate with graphical reporting, http://www.specopssoft.com/products/specopsgpupdate/default.asp _____ From: gptalk-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:gptalk-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Darren Mar-Elia Sent: Monday, August 28, 2006 8:04 PM To: gptalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [gptalk] Re: Usage of GPO_OPEN_LOAD_REGISTRY | GPO_OPEN_READ_ONLY flags A quick Google search seems to deliver few good answers, but I found a code snippet here: http://www.totalblowhole.com/new-823399-3604.html that seems to show some successful code using this flag. Other than that, I haven't spent enough time myself with this API to know for sure. Maybe Thorbjorn, who lurks here occasionally, has some insight, since I think he looked at this API a while back. Darren _____ From: gptalk-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:gptalk-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of ramji chandran Sent: Monday, August 28, 2006 3:00 AM To: gptalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [gptalk] Usage of GPO_OPEN_LOAD_REGISTRY | GPO_OPEN_READ_ONLY flags Hi, Can somebody explain the real usage of flags "GPO_OPEN_LOAD_REGISTRY" and "GPO_OPEN_READ_ONLY" in the IGroupPolicy method "New"? I've a particular condition where while trying to create a GPO programmatically with the GPO_OPEN_LOAD_REGISTRY flag set it throws an error of 0x80070003(The system cannot find the path specified). This problem gets solved if I use the flag "GPO_OPEN_READ_ONLY", but causes problem while updating my CSE GUID during linking. Kindly note I do not want to create any ".pol" files that contains the registry entries. I've my configuration data separately in a XML file generated under the SYSVOL. Please advice me on the right usage of these flags and their purpose or any pointers on this would be highly appreciated. Thanks, Raghuramji C.