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Create the SYSVOL folder structure

Updated: March 2, 2005

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

Use this procedure to create the SYSVOL folder structure. The %systemroot%\SYSVOL folder is at the top of the folder tree for the Windows system volume. To properly move SYSVOL, you must move the %systemroot%\SYSVOL folder and its contents. A subfolder of %systemroot%\SYSVOL is also named sysvol. Ensure that you move the proper folder (the %systemroot%\SYSVOL folder) and not the subfolder (%systemroot%\SYSVOL\sysvol). Do not confuse the two folders.

Administrative Credentials

To perform this procedure, you must be a member of the Domain Admins group in Active Directory.

To create the SYSVOL folder structure

  1. In Windows Explorer, navigate to the folder that represents your current Windows system volume. By default, this is the %systemroot%\SYSVOL folder.

  2. Right-click the SYSVOL folder, and then click Copy.

  3. In Windows Explorer, navigate to the new location you created in the console tree, right-click the new location, and click Paste. You might see a dialog box stating that some files already exist and a prompt asking whether you want to continue copying the folder. At each such prompt, click No.

  4. Verify that the folder structure was copied correctly. Compare the new folder structure to the original by opening a command prompt, typing the following command and pressing Enter to list the contents of the folders:

    dir /s

    Ensure that all folders exist. If any folders are missing at the new location (such as \scripts), then recreate them.

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