Change the SYSVOL Root Path or Staging Areas Path, or Both

Applies To: Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2

If you are moving the SYSVOL tree or the SYSVOL staging areas tree, or if you are updating these locations after hardware reconfiguration that has resulted in a drive letter change, you can use this procedure to change the SYSVOL root path, the staging areas path, or both in Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS).

Before you perform this procedure, you must stop the Distributed File System (DFS) Replication service and the Netlogon service, as described in Stop the DFS Replication Service and Netlogon Service.

Membership in Domain Admins, or equivalent, is the minimum required to complete this procedure. Review details about using the appropriate accounts and group memberships at Local and Domain Default Groups (

To change the SYSVOL root path or the staging areas path, or both

  1. Click Start, point to Administrative Tools, and then click ADSI Edit.

  2. Right-click ADSI Edit, and then, if the domain whose path information you want to check is not listed, click Connect to.

  3. Under Connection Point, click Select a well known Naming Context, click Default naming context, and then click OK.

  4. In the console tree, expand the domain component, and then expand OU=Domain Controllers.

  5. Double-click the container that represents a domain controller on which you can check the path information, double-click CN=DFSR-LocalSettings, and then click CN=Domain System Volume.

  6. In the details pane, right-click CN=SYSVOL Subscription, and then click Properties.

  7. Click Filter. Ensure that Show mandatory attributes is selected. Select this option if it is not selected.

  8. In Attributes, double-click one or both of the following:

    • msDFSR-RootPath to change the SYSVOL root path.

    • msDFSR-StagingPath to change the SYSVOL staging areas path.

  9. In Value, type the new folder path, and then click OK.

  10. Click OK to close the CN=Subscription Properties dialog box.

See Also


Start the DFS Replication Service and Netlogon Service