Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Forcing replication of the SYSVOL share

The other day I identified a newly installed domain controller that had not created the SYSVOL share - in order to initiate this I did the following:

Open regedit and go to the following key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Netlogon\Parameters and set the value of 'SysvolReady' to 0 and then set it again to '1'.

Failure to replicate the SYSVOL folder will cause some pretty serious problems with features such as group policy and the like.

To perform a manual / force replication we run:
ntfrsutl.exe forcerepl "sourcedc" /r "Domain System Volume" /p targetdc
** The "Domain System Volume" is AKA "SYSVOL" **

If you wanted to replicate a specific folder you would run something like:
ntfrsutl.exe forcerepl "sourcedc" /r "my.domain\mysharedfolder" /p targetdc

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