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Morphed folders appear in the SYSVOL Group Policy folder after you use Group Policy Object Editor to view a GPO on a Windows Server 2003-based domain controller
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On a Microsoft Windows Server 2003-based domain controller, morphed folders appear in the following paths:
This problem occurs when one of the following conditions is true:
The GPMC only backs up and restores the configurations that are defined. For example, when you restore a GPO that has the User Configuration setting defined, the folders that correspond to the Computer Configuration setting are deleted. Then, when you view the Computer Configuration setting of the GPO in Group Policy Object Editor, the corresponding folders are recreated if the folders are unavailable.
If you restore a GPO on one domain controller, and then view the GPO on two different domain controllers all within one File Replication Service (FRS) interval, morphed folders may appear in the SYSVOL Group Policy folder.
To avoid this problem, follow these recommendations:
The %WINDIR%\SYSVOL\Sysvol\<FQDN>\Policies path that is described in the "Symptoms" section is a junction of the %WINDIR%\SYSVOL\Domain\Policies folder. For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
319808Operations that are on different replication members are likely to generate morphed folders. For more information, click the following article numbers to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/319808/ )SYSVOL junction inherits NTFS permissions from the drive root
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/328492/ )Folder name is changed to "FolderName_NTFRS_<xxxxxxxx>"
840675You may experience a problem even if you remotely try to edit the GPOs by connecting a Group Policy Object Editor Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-in to the PDC emulator. For more information, click the following article number to view the article 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
896669Note the following details about the GPO restore process of the GPMC:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/896669/ )When you use the Group Policy Object Editor on a computer that is running Windows Server 2003 or Windows XP to change GPOs on a remote domain controller, the changes do not take affect for a long time
Article ID: 929266 - Last Review: January 19, 2007 - Revision: 2.1