C:\Windows\SYSVOL\sysvol\<Domain> causing issues

Wade Stolz 1 Reputation point

Back in 2019 all the servers were replaced with Windows 2019. Active Directory was set to replicate, after approx. 30 days and the steps were taken to decommission the Windows 2008 server, promote the new 2019 server. This new server took over all the functions / roles for the environment. They did not configure a 2nd DNC server. Going through to do clean up I found running dcdiag I found this; SYSVOL has been shared. Failing SYSVOL replication problems may cause. After additional resesarch, looking over the server config I found that we do have C:\Windows\SYSVOL\sysvol\<Domain> which is shared. Looking in Computer Management > Shared Folders > Open Files I found that all the devices are accessing the Policies from there.


If I look in C:\Windows\SYSVOL\Domain everything has been replicated there.

  1. Since there is only 1 DC server now, can I disable the share to that location?
  2. How would I point all the devices / users to now accesses the policies from C:\Windows\SYSVOL\Domain instead of C:\Windows\SYSVOL\sysvol\<Domain>?

This was all bright to light when I went in to modify some GPO's for the environment.

Thank you

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  1. Dave Patrick 426.4K Reputation points MVP

    1 No, you shouldn't do that.
    2 That happens automatically.

    What issues are you having? I'd check the DFS Replication and System Event logs for errors on domain controller.

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