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Error when trying to Open Windows Firewall with Advanced security snap-in in GPO

    Question

  • Hi All,

    I hope you can help.

    We have Windows 2003 domain with Windows 2003 and Windows 2008 R2 Domain Controllers.

    When I try to create a GPO with Firewall settings using a Windows 2008 R2 server using the Group Policy Management / Group Policy Management Editor - Computer Configuration/Policies,Windows Settings/Security Settings/Windows Firewall with Advanced Security I get the following error;

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    There was an error opening the Windows Firewall with Advance Security snap-in

    An error occurred while trying to open the policy

    Error: The specified domain either does not exist or could not be contacted

    Code: 0x54B

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    Note: I can manually open the firewall OK but just can get it to load in the GPO.

    Any ideas?

    Thanks

    ECL

     

    Friday, April 08, 2011 10:26 AM

Answers

  • The inability to access the PDCe is exactly the reason why you are getting this error.  You are probably getting a prompt to connect to a different DC when you first open GPMC as well.

    • Proposed as answer by zamij Wednesday, August 24, 2011 8:20 PM
    • Marked as answer by ECL Monday, August 20, 2012 2:22 PM
    Wednesday, August 24, 2011 8:20 PM

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  • Hi,

     

    Please run services.msc and make sure the Windows Firewall service is set to Started and Automatic. If it is started, try to stop and restart it.

     

    Meanwhile, check if there is any relevant error in event viewer.

     

    Regards,

    Bruce


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    Monday, April 11, 2011 9:42 AM
  • Hi,

    It was already started and I restarted it but no joy and nothing in the event log.

    One thing I just noticed is the Windows 2008 Servers cannot access the PDC due to firewalls.. could that be the cause? If so we have no way around that at the moment unless there is a way to run the advance firewall from a Windows 2003 domain controller?

    Thanks

    ECL

     

     

     

    Monday, April 11, 2011 12:21 PM
  • The inability to access the PDCe is exactly the reason why you are getting this error.  You are probably getting a prompt to connect to a different DC when you first open GPMC as well.

    • Proposed as answer by zamij Wednesday, August 24, 2011 8:20 PM
    • Marked as answer by ECL Monday, August 20, 2012 2:22 PM
    Wednesday, August 24, 2011 8:20 PM
  • Yes, I have the same issue, so what's the solution? 
    Monday, August 20, 2012 2:06 PM
  • The inability to access the PDC - the answer above.
    Monday, August 20, 2012 2:22 PM