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ITsVISTA KB-Link: KB2385838

Item-level targeting object picker dialog box shows only the domain in which the Gpmc.msc is started in Windows Server 2008 R2, in Windows 7, in Windows Vista or in Windows Server 2008

Consider the following scenario in a domain environment:

  • You have a computer that is running Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 or Windows Vista.
  • You use the Group Policy Management Console snap-in (Gpmc.msc) to connect to a domain controller from another domain.
  • You create a Group Policy object (GPO). Then, you enable and configure the Item-level targeting option of the Group Policy preference setting for this GPO in the Gpmc.msc snap-in.
  • In the Targeting Editor dialog box, you click New Item to select Computer Name or Security Group as the new item-level targeting item.
  • You click the ellipsis button (…) to open an item-level targeting object picker dialog box.

In this scenario, the object picker dialog box shows an incomplete enterprise structure. The object picker dialog box only shows the domain in which the Gpmc.msc is started. The object picker dialog box does not show the domain in which you configure the Group Policy object. Because of this issue, users can only select objects in the same domain as the computer.

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 KB2385838.

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