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GPOtool found errors on 90% of my policies

I just thought I'd run GPOtool to see what the output would look like for our domain, and to my dismay about 90% of the group policies came up with errors like the ones below. These policies work and the errors suggest file attributes are not what would be expected, so I don't know if it is anything to be concerned about. It does make one wonder what it's all about as I'm having little luck finding anything on the Internet about it. What do you think?

Policy {0038816E-AA99-406E-A8EF-A2C091639ADD}
gpotool: e ERROR: Err: CreateTime different between Adm

Error: TDSERVER.page-moy.local - ABBEYHOME.page-moy.local sysvol mismatch
gpotool: e ERROR: Err: CreateTime different between Adm

Error: TDSERVER.page-moy.local - PAFSERVER.page-moy.local sysvol mismatch

Details:
------------------------------------------------------------
DC: TDSERVER.page-moy.local
Friendly name: Web Unit T drive
Created: 24/01/2002 09:57:17
Changed: 27/03/2002 21:46:00
DS version: 2(user) 0(machine)
Sysvol version: 2(user) 0(machine)
Flags: 0
User extensions: [{42B5FAAE-6536-11D2-AE5A-0000F87571E3}{40B66650-4972-11D1-A7CA-0000F87571E3}]
Machine extensions: not found
Functionality version: 2
------------------------------------------------------------
------------------------------------------------------------
DC: ABBEYHOME.page-moy.local
Friendly name: Web Unit T drive
Created: 24/01/2002 09:57:17
Changed: 27/03/2002 21:53:10
DS version: 2(user) 0(machine)
Sysvol version: 2(user) 0(machine)
Flags: 0
User extensions: [{42B5FAAE-6536-11D2-AE5A-0000F87571E3}{40B66650-4972-11D1-A7CA-0000F87571E3}]
Machine extensions: not found
Functionality version: 2
------------------------------------------------------------
------------------------------------------------------------
DC: PAFSERVER.page-moy.local
Friendly name: Web Unit T drive
Created: 24/01/2002 09:57:17
Changed: 27/03/2002 21:50:20
DS version: 2(user) 0(machine)
Sysvol version: 2(user) 0(machine)
Flags: 0
User extensions: [{42B5FAAE-6536-11D2-AE5A-0000F87571E3}{40B66650-4972-11D1-A7CA-0000F87571E3}]
Machine extensions: not found
Functionality version: 2
------------------------------------------------------------
------------------------------------------------------------
DC: printserver.page-moy.local
Friendly name: Web Unit T drive
Created: 24/01/2002 09:57:17
Changed: 27/03/2002 21:49:51
DS version: 2(user) 0(machine)
Sysvol version: 2(user) 0(machine)
Flags: 0
User extensions: [{42B5FAAE-6536-11D2-AE5A-0000F87571E3}{40B66650-4972-11D1-A7CA-0000F87571E3}]
Machine extensions: not found
Functionality version: 2

GPOtool is a Resource Kit tool. I found little details about it as well. From the output you provided, it seems like there is a file time stamp difference between two or more group policy objects (GPOs). It may also indicate the presence of computer accounts in the domain that are no longer used by real systems. If the GPOs are working, I would not worry about the output of this tool.

You might try running the GPOtool in verbose mode (if you've not already) to see if it provides additional details.

This was first published in January 2003

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