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Group Policy Client Failed to Start

I am on a Windows 2008 Active Directory domain and had trouble with one computer. I was not able to remote to the computer using RDP, VNC, nor remote control (SCCM). This was a Windows 7 machine that I could not even ping, yet it was on the network and could access network resources. I figured I would try to check the firewall and that would not even open. I then tried the event log and noticed that the group policy client was not started and the buttons to start it were grayed out and unavailable.

I searched Google and tried a few things, but it ended up being a crash of Windows after an update was applied. As the computer shuts down, more of the updates are applied as well as the computer comes back up. If the computer crashes then, some of the update is not properly applied. In this case, there were a few registry settings that were missing and I found an article that helped me with it.

Why won’t windows connect to the group policy client?

Here is the pertinent information from the article.

There are two places to look in the registry:

  1. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services this path should contain gpsvc key (a folder), which is responsible for service parameters and configuration. I found that the key wasintact, so, you do not touch anything here.
  2. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\SVCHOST This is the most important path you should look into, as it must contain the keys and values referred in the key #1. Below are descriptions what must be present there.
  • There must be Multi-String value called GPSvcGroup. My laptop was missing it. So, you should create multi-string value named GPSvcGroup and assign it value GPSvc.
  • Next, you must create a key (a folder) and name it GPSvcGroup
  • Then open newly-created GPSvcGroup folder and create 2 DWORD values:
  1. First called AuthenticationCapabilities and you must give it a value of 0x00003020 (or 12320 in decimal)
  2. Second is called CoInitializeSecurityParam and it must have value of 1.

Once you completed all steps above, reboot the computer and the problem will be fixed.


Things I Would Never Give Up On

I remember being just out of college and still holding strong to the music and movies, staying current, knowing all the names, watching and listening on a regular basis. I swore I would never give up on these things.

And then I had a daughter.

So, something more important came along and I focused my energy and time into that and the music and movies faded away. I miss it, but I didn’t realize it until recently. No one makes a mix-cd anymore, unless you are the CEO of the company I work for. It was a passing conversation at the end of a meeting, but he did what he promised and gave me some music to listen to.

Now, Cloud Cult is officially awesome!

Cloud Cult

Cloud Cult


Joseph Parchem Beardless


The time had come. The beard must go. Sad face. But it WILL grow again.

Know Boundaries Website

Know Boundaries WebsiteThe band and the website are no longer, but this was a very fun project and I wanted to show it. I was approached by a friend of mine that wanted a website for his band (he’s the guy in the green shirt). At the time, I was a Web Design Consultant and giving away my services on the side was frowned upon. We worked out a deal with my employer where we gave a little money to them and then I could make them a awesome website on the side.

I had already been dabbling in content management systems (CMS), which were revolutionizing the web world at the time (keep in mind, this was in 2002). So, I knew I was going to have a database drive the content. I had never done it before, so I decided the entire site would be in Macromedia Flash (Adobe hadn’t bought them yet).

This meant learning Flash ActionScript and the methods required to read from the database and get it into the Flash file. I also created a sliding style of moving from page to page. The image above will take you to a version of the page so you can see how the animation works (there is no data for it to read though). And, of course, the design was all mine. Working on band graphics really opens the door to some creative artwork.