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Windows 2016 AD Group Policy - Access Denied

Hi - I'm having a strange problem creating or editing Group Policies on a standalone Windows 2016 server configured as DC for a single domain.
The AD is orginating from a Windows 2012 Essentials server, the current 2016 server have been configured as a DC for the same domain and all FSMO roles have been transferred and finally the old Windows 2012 Essentials server have been decomissioned and recycled.

However, this 2016 server have developed this strange problem when creating or editing Group Policies, access is denied.
I have checked DCDIAG, no problems.
I have configured an extra DC, just to check if it was possible to edit GPO's on a another server, but it was the same problem. This extra DC have been removed afterwards.
It seems to me that the problem might be the ability to write to the directories or files containing the GPO's.
I have done intensive research, but I have not found anything helpful.


When creating a new Group Policy, I get an error "Access is denied". No events are logged.
When editing an existing Group Policy, I get an error: "Error (0x80070005) occured saving settings file. Access is denied." No events are logged.


The server is configured as a Domain Controller, Active Directory Certificate Authority server and Remote Access server.


Any help would be appriciated.

Community Manager

Hi @AOSH ,


Thank you for sharing your feedback with the Microsoft Partner Community!

While I don`t have an actual solution to this, I could suggest you look into this documentation: https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Ask-the-Directory-Services-Team/A-Treatise-on-Group-Policy-Troubleshooting-8211-now-with-GPSVC/ba-p/400304.

Also the Windows Server category on Tech Community, is another good place to address this matter.


Hope it helps,


Level 1 Contributor

Hi @Andra,

Thank you for your answer, I will review the article.

Also, I have posted the issue as suggested in the Windows Server category on Tech Community.


Brgrds, AOSH

Community Manager

Hi @AOSH ,


You are welcome!

Feel free to get back on the community and share the solution or if you need further guidance.


Thank you,