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Active directory install folders

jskfan asked
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Last Modified: 2012-05-06
when you run Dcpromo, you install Database,Log,Sysvol folders.
Do you know the content of each folder and if all three of them get replicated between all DCs or just some of them?

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Database: Place to store main database (ntds.dit)
Log: Place to store transaction logs
Sysvol: Place to store GPOs and anything to be replicated between DCs.
Just the sysvol is replicated between DCs and clients and users when login to domain, they get their proper GPOs from there.


Database doesn't get replicated? I thought that's where the AD users and Computers/AD sites and Trusts/AD sites and services/ and all AD objects are located. How come it's not replicated.

Log files not replicated? does each DC have it's own log or all DCs in a domain have the same repository logs. I mean if there is a problem in replication or authentication, etc... Do I need to go to each DC and check the logs (through event viewer MMC)

if you type:
you will see a share called Netlogon , and you put a script there, will this have an the same effect as creating a GPO and put a script in the GPO?

Database get replicated but not from that place. It's replicated from memory. I mean it's not file based replication. As you know Active Directory supports attribute based replication and if just an attribute of an object is changed (exp: tel no. of a user), just that one is replicated. So file based replication wouldn't be a good choice.
Each DC has it's own log.
Even when you browse \\yourdomainname you get too sysvol share.
The netlogon share is good for NT and Win9x clients who don't support GPO.

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so when you copy a script to \\netlogon, this is the same as puting a script in a GPO at the domain level.
usually when creating  a GPO then going to loong/off or shutdown/startup  and pasting the script, this will help you apply the script to a specific users or computers only at the OUs level.
absolutely correct.
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