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Domain Controller – Sysvol and Group Polices

Posted by robd on February 16, 2021
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Had some strange issues recently where some group polices weren’t populating to certain sites.

i.e. you’d logon to a new device on a site and the work folders GPO wouldnt apply, after spending 5 minutes looking at RSOP.MSC I could see the policy just wasnt applied, at all.

So after some digging on the domain controller and googling events in the event viewer I found:

https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/help/2958414/dfs-replication-how-to-troubleshoot-missing-sysvol-and-netlogon-shares

Which lead me to this nifty command to check the sysvol folder:

For /f %i IN ('dsquery server -o rdn') do @echo %i && @(net view \\%i | find "SYSVOL") & echo

As you can see from the above, all looks ok!!!

So now lets have a look-see at the DFS replication:

For /f %i IN ('dsquery server -o rdn') do @echo %i && @wmic /node:"%i" /namespace:\\root\microsoftdfs path dfsrreplicatedfolderinfo WHERE replicatedfoldername='SYSVOL share' get replicationgroupname,replicatedfoldername,state

Run it and look for the “state”, the  values can be any of the following:

0 = Uninitialized
1 = Initialized
2 = Initial Sync
3 = Auto Recovery
4 = Normal
5 = In Error

As you can see on the above, the last one is wonky donkey!!! DFS BE BROKEN

So lets have a look through the events for dfs broken events:

and to double check with Powershell on the affected DC:

Get-WmiObject -Namespace 'root\MicrosoftDFS' -Class DfsrReplicatedFolderInfo

Nothing comes up, this is BAD!

So in the regisrty you should be able to check the recovery status

Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\DFSR\Parameters

So its stopped and not recovering.

The fix:

First get the guid of the C:\ drive:

MountVol

Now run this in a elevated command prompt:

wmic /namespace:\\root\microsoftdfs path dfsrVolumeConfig where volumeGuid="cc9a4e7a-0000-0000-0000-602200000000" call ResumeReplication

Wait 10 and check the replication status again:

and run the dsquery again:

HORRAY!!!!!  GPOs for everyone.

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