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Gather the SYSVOL path information

Updated: December 5, 2005

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

When relocating SYSVOL, you first move the entire folder structure to a new location; then you update all the junction points and the parameters that are stored in the registry and the directory in order to maintain the relationships between the parameters, the folders, and the junctions. Optionally, you can relocate the staging area and leave the rest of the system volume at its original location. In this case, you must update the fRSStagingPath parameter in the directory and the junction point stored at %systemroot%\SYSVOL\staging areas. For more information about the folder structure and the relationships between the folders and the path information stored in the registry and the SYSVOL directory itself see Introduction to Administering SYSVOL.

Administrative Credentials

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

Use the procedures below to locate the system volume path information and record the current values in the following table.

To relocate the staging area, record the information for rows 2 and 5.

noteNote
To restore and rebuild SYSVOL, you will need the information from the domain controller that you are repairing recorded in rows 1, 2, and 3. Use the junctions located on the domain controller that you are copying from the SYSVOL folder structure to record the current value for rows 4 and 5. The new values for rows 4 and 5 are based on the domain controller that you are repairing.

 

  Parameter Current Value New Value

1

fRSRootPath

 

 

2

fRSStagingPath

 

 

3

Sysvol parameter in registry

 

 

4

Sysvol junction

 

 

5

Staging junction

 

 

To gather the system volume path information

fRSRootPath and fRSStagingPath

  1. Click Start, click Run, type adsiedit.msc, and then press Enter.

  2. Double-click Domain [computername] (where computername is the name of this domain controller). Verify that the Domain expands to display the domain component (DC=) folder.

  3. Click the domain component to display the containers and OUs in the details pane.

  4. Double-click OU=Domain Controllers to display the containers that represent the domain controllers.

  5. Double-click the container that represents this domain controller (CN=computername) to display more containers.

  6. Click the CN=NTFRS Subscriptions container.

  7. In the details pane, right-click CN=Domain System Volume, and then click Properties.

  8. Ensure that Show mandatory attributes is selected. Select it if it is not.

  9. In Attributes, locate fRSRootPath and fRSStagingPath and record the current values in the table above.

  10. Based on the folder structure discussed in detail in Introduction to Administering SYSVOL and the new location, record the new path value for this parameter in the table.

  11. Click Cancel to close the dialog box.

SYSVOL parameter in the registry

  1. Click Start, click Run, type regedit and then press ENTER.

  2. In Registry Editor, navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Netlogon\Parameters.

  3. Sysvol appears in the details pane. The current value is listed in the Data column.

  4. Record the current value in table above. Based on the folder structure discussed in detail in Introduction to Administering SYSVOL and the new location, record the new path value for this parameter in the table.

  5. Exit Registry Editor.

SYSVOL junction

  1. Open a Command Prompt.

  2. Change the directory to %systemroot%\SYSVOL\Sysvol.

    noteNote
    This assumes that the system volume is still in the default location. If it has been relocated, substitute the appropriate paths into these instructions.

  3. At the command prompt, type dir. Verify that the fully qualified domain name (FQDN) is listed as type <JUNCTION>.

  4. At the command prompt, type linkd fqdn (where fqdn is the domain name listed in the Dir output). This displays the value stored in the junction point. Press ENTER.

  5. Record the current value in table above. Based on the folder structure discussed in detail in Introduction to Administering SYSVOL and the new location, record the new path value for this parameter in the table.

Staging junction

  1. Open a Command Prompt.

  2. Change the directory to %systemroot%\SYSVOL\Staging Areas.

    noteNote
    This assumes that the staging area is still in the default location. If it has been relocated, substitute the appropriate paths into these instructions.

  3. At the command prompt, type dir. Verify that the fully qualified domain name (FQDN) is listed as type <JUNCTION>.

  4. At the command prompt, type linkd fqdn (where fqdn is the domain name listed in the Dir output). This displays the value stored in the junction point. Press ENTER.

  5. Record the current value in table above. Based on the folder structure discussed in detail in Introduction to Administering SYSVOL and the new location, record the new path value for this parameter in the table.

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