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Error message when you view or modify the migrated Group Policy objects in Windows Server 2008: “Attribute cannot be empty”

Consider the following scenario:

  • You migrate some Group Policy objects (GPO) from a computer that is running Windows Server 2003 to a computer that is running Windows Server 2008.
  • You try to use the Group Policy Management Editor or the Local Group Policy Editor to view or to modify these GPOs.

In this scenario, the operation fails and generates the following error message:

Encountered an error while parsing.
Attribute ‘attribute name’ cannot be empty. File: file name

There is a download that resolves this issue. See Hotfixes for details.
32-bit Download: Contact Microsoft
64-Bit Download: Contact Microsoft

For more information on this issue, including potential causes, workarounds, and resolutions, see: Microsoft KB Article KB979293.

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