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Administrative Templates Error

As of late I have been experiencing the following error message when opening GPO’s on the Domain Controller or from Server\XP workstations that have the Adminpak.msi installed.

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After doing a very quick Google search I came across the following article from the Microsoft Help and Support site regarding this specific error:

“The following entry in the [strings] section is too long and has been truncated”

The error is generated when trying to modify or view GPOs in Windows 2003 server, XP or Win2K.


This problem occurs because older versions of the Group Policy editor cannot interpret some string types that include more than 255 characters. These string types are included in parts of .adm files that are meant to be excluded by the “IF VERSION” construct.

Typically, the problem occurs when you try to view or modify a GPO that has been viewed by a different workstation, and that workstation contains .adm files that use the “IF VERSION >=5” construct. When an administrative workstation views a GPO, the workstation automatically updates that GPO with the latest version of the .adm files. If the workstation’s .adm files are newer than the files that are contained in the \Adm folder of the domain GPO, the template files are updated. If the template files contain the “IF VERSION >=5” construct, when an administrative workstation tries to modify or to view the GPO, and the workstation does not have this hotfix installed, the errors occur.

The resolution is to download and install a fix for the particular version of windows you are running. I download the version for 2003 and it worked in resolving the issue
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