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In May 2007 I backed up the System State copied it to one of our banch office, restore it to a temp folder on c: drive and did a DCPROMO /ADV on a Windows 2003 R2 server.  Everything works great.  But last night I was on Branch server copying over some files when I notice the c:\temp folder still have these old restored files -- so I deleted the contents of the Temp folder.  Now I'm getting "Windows cannot access the file gpt.ini for GPO CN={6AC1786C-016F-11D2-945F-00C04fB984F9},CN=Policies,CN=System,DC=arcticgroup,DC=local. The file must be present at the location <\\arcticgroup.local\sysvol\arcticgroup.local\Policies\{6AC1786C-016F-11D2-945F-00C04fB984F9}\gpt.ini>. (The system cannot find the path specified. ). Group Policy processing aborted."

The question is, why would the \\domain\sysvol\  point to the temp folder?
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Check this registry key on the server:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Netlogon\Parameters\SysVol

That shows the location of the sysvol share.  The error you posted is pointing at the default domain controller policy in particular.
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Additionally,  this KB is great for troubleshooting these errors:

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;887303
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these errors are typical of not following the exact rules of M$ for DC promo and demote of the old DC.  WHat is in these for W2K is much the same as 2003, the DCs need to be promoted/demoted the same

support.microsoft.com/kb/238369
support.microsoft.com/kb/296882
www.howtonetworking.com/articles/dchowto.htm
technet2.microsoft.com/windowsserver/en/library/702e903a-c2c6-4039-88dd-9379c062edcf1033.mspx
http://search.techrepublic.com.com/search/Microsoft+Windows+Active+Directory+and+Microsoft+Windows+Server+and+domain+controller.html
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Hi agihelp,  were you still needing assistance with this issue?
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Yes, please
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I resolved the problem by demoting the domain controller, removed it from the domain, delete the Temporary files (old state backup), rejoin the domain, restore a fresh backup of the state data, promo the machine to domain controller and delete the restored state data.
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