While working on your server you may come across the following error in the Application logs.

Event Type: Error
Event Source: Group Policy Local Users and Groups
Event Category: (2)
Event ID: 8194
Date: 11/26/2011
Time: 6:37:36 PM
Computer: SERVER1
The client-side extension could not remove computer policy settings for ‘Domain Policy Name {SPID}’ because it failed with error code ‘0x8007000d The data is invalid.’ See trace file for more details.

For more information, see Help and Support Center at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/events.asp.

This is usually caused by a corrupt or malformed XML file in the local server’s group policy cache. This usually happens when there is a crash or unexpected shutdown of the server while a Group Policy update is taking place.

To resolve this issue, clear the Group Policy cache on the local server and have the Group Policy cache repopulated.

1) Open Windows Explorer
2) Paste %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\Microsoft\Group Policy\History in the address bar
3) Delete all the sub folders in that location
4) Open command prompt
5) Type the following gpupdate /force
6) Verify that sub folders have once again shown up in the Group Policy cache location above.

The above clears the Group Policy cache on the server and puts a fresh copy of the Group Policy preferences on the local server.

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Written by Rick Barber Employee @ SherWeb

Rick is a customer focused systems administrator and developer with a lifelong passion for computers and technology from the days of bulletin board systems (BBSes) to today's modern Internet applications. He has a passion for helping people solve technology related problems. He is a member of the Charlotte PowerShell Users Group and an editor at iisnewsletter.com. Rick served with distinction in the United States Marine Corps and has degrees in CIS, Business Administration, and Mathematics. He enjoys roller coasters and writing and is a travel blogger in his free time.