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Sysvol folders and the netlogon share corrupted after moving sysvol folder

I recently had a problem with my first DC. I tried to demote it but found I couldn't because it was holding the primary FSMOs. The problem now is that the sysvol folders and the netlogon share were screwed up. So I copied the sysvol from another local DC (its replication partner) and created the necessary shares, but replication does not happen automatically now. For replication to occur I must initiate it thru AD Sites and Services. Is there anything glaringly obvious to you that I have missed? THe FSMO roles seem to be OK.

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Moving the SYSVOL folder is an involved process. Go to and search on SYSVOL and find out what steps you overlooked.

This was first published in March 2004

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