Quick Fix: Can’t remove group policy comment

Came across this bizarre problem with group policy.

I Configured a GPO to enabled with a comment, later set it to not configured and removed the comment.

When I came to check back, the GPO was not configured, but comment was still there

Seems to be a problem with Server 2008, and in Server 2012 R2. Microsoft is unwilling to fix a cosmetic issue, so here is a workaround.

This workaround will delete all comments in the GPO. You’ve been warned.

Some of you may know Group Policies are stored in \\domain\SYSVOL\Policies\{UID}

  • Go into your group policy management MMC find your offending policy, go to the Details tab, and find the Unique ID
  • Open your SYSVOL Directory and find the policy by UID. Make sure you’re logged into your primary domain controller with sufficient rights.
  • Depending on if your Policy is Machine or User, go into that folder and delete the Comment.cmtx file

Background: Comment.cmtx is created in SYSVOL once you add a comment to your group policy object. Deleting it won’t break anything.