A new Windows Vista / 2008 Group Policy Preference client side extension hotfix rollup has been released. Below I have listed the details of the hotfix including a complete list of all issues it resolved.
KB977983 – Group Policy preferences client-side extension hotfix rollup for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008
New Issues Resolved
- You cannot create a GPP folder when the target path is a Distributed File System (DFS) path.
- Item-Level Targeting for the security group does not recognize nested groups for computer objects.
- When you configure Item-Level Targeting for GPP to match a registry value, the match fails.
- The GPP data source name (DSN) requires a password if a username is specified in the DSN connection information. After you apply this hotfix rollup, you can use a blank password in the DSN connection information.
- You experience a significant delay when you log on to an Active Directory site that has a read-only domain controller (RODC). This issue occurs when you implement Item-Level Filtering for Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) by using GPP.
- GPP cannot be deployed on a printer when the printer owner is not specified as "System" or "Administrators."
- When you configure Item-Level Targeting for GPP with Terminal Services, Item-Level Targeting fails.
- A memory leak occurs in the GPP client every time that Item-Level Targeting is processed.
Previous KB974266 Issues Resolved
Microsoft have now released hotfix (KB980356) to resolve an issues with configuring a scheduled task described as “Incorrect start dates are displayed for the scheduled tasks that are deployed by Group Policy preferences in Windows Server 2008 or in Windows Vista”. This issues results a problem with the schedule task being configured to run on the wrong date (e.g. a day early) due to the way “the Group Policy preferences engine handles the date incorrectly”.
For more information check on the issue and for a link to the download go to KB980356
Source Aug. 27 – Sep. 2 Hot-Fix KB articles Weekly Release – Windows 6/7 – The Hot Blog – Site Home – TechNet Blogs
In the July 29 to August 12th Hot-fix release for Windows 6/7 there have been a number of Group Policy related hotfixes released. As far as I can tell none of these hotfixes are listed as being in Windows 7 Service Pack 1 that is currently in beta (see The complete list of Group Policy Hotfix’s in Windows 7/2008 R2 Service Pack 1) so if you are experiencing any of the above hotfixes it will be some time before you will be able to deploy them as part of a service pack.
- KB2250489 You cannot turn off the screen saver in the Windows Mobility Center when the "Prevent changing wallpaper" Group Policy setting is enabled on a computer that is running Windows Vista SP2
- KB2261826 You cannot find a network drive in the "Browse For Folder" dialog box in the GPMC MMC snap-in on a computer that is running Windows Server 2008 or Windows Vista
- KB2096902 Virtual machines in a VDI environment are not rolled back as expected if the disconnected Remote Desktop connections on the virtual machines are stopped by Group Policy
- KB2254754 You experience a GPO report-generation issue in the GPMC window when you try to generate the report in a localized version of Windows 7 or of Windows Server 2008 R2
- KB2258620 You cannot find the "Find Now," "Stop," and "Clear All" buttons in the GPMC snap-in on a computer that is running Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2
- KB2275315 You cannot read the GPO in the SYSVOL directory in Windows 7 or in Windows Server 2008 R2 if you enable the "Deny write" permission of the GPO
- KB2284538 Apply once and do not reapply Group Policy setting is never applied after the first GPO deployment fails on a client computer that is running Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2
Source: Jul. 29 – Aug. 12 Hot-Fix KB articles Weekly Release – Windows 6/7 – The Hot Blog – Site Home – TechNet Blogs
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Just a single new hot fix has come out this week that affects group policy…
981704 The file name of an ADM file is displayed incorrectly in the GPMC report in Windows Vista or in Windows Server 2008
This hotfix resolves a problem with a GPO report in the Group Policy Management Console showing as “Extra Registry Settings” if you have imported a ADM file and then moved it to another location. For more info see http://support.microsoft.com/kb/981704