How to Perform SYSVOL Migration from FRS to DFRS Replication

Updated on December 1, 2017
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Domain controllers use a special shared folder named SYSVOL to replicate logon scripts and Group Policy object files to other domain controllers. Windows 2000 Server and Windows Server 2003 use File Replication Service (FRS) to replicate SYSVOL, whereas Windows Server 2008 uses the newer DFS Replication service when in domains that use the Windows Server 2008 domain functional level, and FRS for domains that run older domain functional levels.

To use DFS Replication to replicate the SYSVOL folder, you can use the procedure that is discussed in this video tutorial to migrate replication to DFS Replication.

Pre-Requisites:

  • Check Active Directory health using DCDiag and Repadmin and make sure there are not errors.
  • Use net share from elevated command prompt on all DCs to check Netlogon and SYSVOL share status.
  • Change Domain Functional to at least Windows Server 2008.
  • Make sure all the changes are applied on all Domain Controllers.
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In this video we’ll perform SYSVOL Migration from FRS replication to DFRS Replication.