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Deleting a policy from within the SysvolAdmPolices(policy #) in the file system

What are the implications of deleting a policy from within the SysvolAdmPolices(policy #)in the file system? I am not getting any response on how to 'fix' the current warning message I am getting across my enterprise of SP4 2000 DCs which control XP, SP1 clients. The warning message comes when I access any GPO from any DC. It is always the same, only the policy number referenced is different for each DC. Here is the warning:
(policy #xxx-xxxxx-xxxxAdminetres.adm on line 158
Error # 51 Unexpected Keyword
Found: SUPPORTED
Expected: KEYNAME, VALUENAME, PART, VALUEON, VALUEOFF, ACTIONLIST

the File cannot be loaded.
I click Ok, then I get a second less threatening warning about an entry in the [strings] section is too long and has been truncated. (IPV6, PNRP). I click Ok, both errors come up a second time, and then I can do my work without any other warnings. Group Policy across the enterprise is working fine. I do not get this error if I administer GPOs from my XP SP1 client with the adminpak.

I do have two 2003 member servers. A tech loaded the administration tools on one of them without permission and did make changes in GP on that machine. Since the errors I have removed the administrative tools from the 2003 member server. Since no one is offering a fix, or even familiarity with this problem, I'm asking if deleting the SYSVOLpolicynumberAdminetres.adm that is generating the error is safe.

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I have heard of this problem... but not precisely how you describe. That is, I have seen that there is a problem with this file in the XP/SP2 beta ... but not as you describe in the XP/SP1. Here's what I would do: track down a fresh copy of XP/SP1 and see if replacing that file helps. If not, then re-post your story on GPanswers.com, and we'll see if a group approach can help.

This was first published in May 2004

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