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How to force a non-authoritative restore of the data in the Sysvol folder on a domain controller in Windows 2000 Server and in Windows Server 2003
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Important This article contains information about modifying the registry. Before you modify the registry, make sure to back it up and make sure that you understand how to restore the registry if a problem occurs. For information about how to back up, restore, and edit the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/256986/ )Description of the Microsoft Windows Registry
This article discusses how to perform a non-authoritative restore of the data in the Sysvol folder on a domain controller. The procedure that is described in this article includes forcing replication after the restore to mitigate any latency issues that may occur between the time that Sysvol is restored, and when the next scheduled replication is performed.
Microsoft Windows 2000 Server domain controllers use the File Replication service (FRS) to automatically replicate data between domain controllers. In Windows 2000 Server, the contents of the Sysvol folder are replicated to all the domain controllers in your organization. The Sysvol folder stores logon scripts, default domain profiles, and system policies. If a change is made to a logon script, a default domain profile, or a system policy, the change is replicated to all the domain controllers. This practice keeps the Sysvol folder content the same in all the domain controllers.
Note You have to stop the NT File Replication Service (NTFRS) service, and then set the startup type for NTFRS to Manual on the domain controller where you want to perform the non-authoritative restore. This prevents the service from starting unintentionally while this operation is performed.
To force a non-authoritative restore of the data in the Sysvol folder on a domain controller, follow these steps.
Warning If you use Registry Editor incorrectly, you may cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that you can solve problems that result from using Registry Editor incorrectly. Use Registry Editor at your own risk.
For more information, click the following article numbers to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/840675/ )Configuration and operational recommendations for the File Replication service in Windows Server 2003 and Windows 2000 Server
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/266679/ )Pre-staging the File Replication service replicated files on SYSVOL and Distributed File System shares for optimal synchronization
Article ID: 840674 - Last Review: October 30, 2006 - Revision: 5.2