JSI Tip 3131. Error opening/editing a domain GPO?

When you try to open/edit a domain GPO on a Windows 2000 Server, you receive:

The domain controller for Group Policy operations is not available. You may cancel this operation for this session or retry using one of the following domain controller choices:

<The one with the Operations Master token for the PDC emulator>

<The one used by the Active Directory Snap-ins>

<Use any available domain controller>

Regardless of which option you choose, you are likely to receive:

Failed to find a domain controller. There may be a policy that prevents you from selecting another domain controller.

This is symptomatic of NOT having File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks enabled on the DC.

To fix the problem:

1. Control Panel / Network and Dial-up Connections.

2. Right-click Local Area Connection.

3. Press Properties.

4. Check File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks.

5. Press OK.

If File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks is NOT listed:

1. Press Install.

2. Press Service.

3. Press Add.

4. Press File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks.

See tip 2416.


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