Morphed folder question ( sysvol\policies)

I have a number of morphed folders that I want to delete ( see bmp image). I have tried to translate each morphed folder guid to find out what its friendly name is, i.e by using search in GPMC. trouble is that it cannot find the guids, each time I search it says they cannot be found. I am thinking that they do not exist as a group policies i.e somebody here tried to create them and it didn't work i.e they are corrupted.

Question is do i follow the microsoft procedure for getting rid of morphed folders or do I just take a back up of the Policies folder and then just delete the morphed folders, as they do not actually do anything.

If i do follow the microsoft procedure or delete them, do i do it from the sysvol\sysvol\ folder or the sysvol\domain folder?
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Felicity_HarteAsked:
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Mike ThomasConsultantCommented:
The locations are effectivly the same so it doesn't matter where you remove them from, take a backup and delete them if your happy they are not in use.
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merowingerCommented:
If you've muliple domain controller you should also check the group policy replication status:
http://www.mcmcse.com/microsoft/guides/replmon.shtml
-> Show Group Policy Object Status
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Felicity_HarteAuthor Commented:
I have 180 DC's around the world, All showing fine apart from 5 DC's internationally that have an x in the Sync column,the Sysvol does not match the AD version. I will have to investigate that.

there is not much information on the net about replmon, I mean really getting under the bonnet and not just a brief guide.

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merowingerCommented:
which infotmation do you need?
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eridzoneCommented:
the symptoms are like your FRS is going to corrupted i think you will have to do FRS rebuild activity on affected DC's
dont delete policies.
do you have all complete GPO's on all other DC's means only Five DC's are troubling ?
if yes then move forward

steps are simple and as follows
Stop FRS on all affected DC's open regedit on any of five DC go to following path

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\NtFrs\Parameters\Backup/Restore\Process at Startup
Change "BurFlags" value to d2 and start FRS
When the FRS service restarts, the following actions occur:

    * The value for BurFlags registry key returns to 0.
    * Files in the reinitialized FRS folders are moved to a Pre-existing folder.
now your corrupted FRS data will automatically replicate GPO's from any healthy server nearby, when process will complete 13516 event will appear in FRS events
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Felicity_HarteAuthor Commented:
Why do you say don't delete these policies? Where is the harm if they are corrupted or don't actually do anything?

I think i will do a  d2 on the 5 Dc's , but I also think these morphed folders need deleting. Problem here is that we have a policy that you only edit or add GPO on one dc, but people internationally add/edit on thir local dc's, which against microsoft advice, this is where the corruptions are hapening.
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eridzoneCommented:
i said that because when you D2 the value it will automatically move all policies to Previous_Existing folder so i think it is much safer to do by the system.

yes you will have to cater this a policy should be maintained by DC not by clients can you tell me which is the policy you are using locally may be i can help you.
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Felicity_HarteAuthor Commented:
yes but even if I d2 on the 5 Dc's, the morphed folders don't get deleted,they get replicated across. I still need to get rid of the morphed folders.
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eridzoneCommented:
once it moved to PRE_Existing folder then you are safe from them
why are u insisting on deletion ? do you have some space issue ?
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eridzoneCommented:
well in that case my friend you will have to do a complete exercise of D2/D4 activity.
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Felicity_HarteAuthor Commented:
Sorry forget about the 5 Dc's they are being Dc Promo'd out/meta data cleaned out.

My issue is:

Every other DC has fullset of GPO's all equal, repliction is fine both AD and Sysvol. How do I get rid of these Morphed folders which are on every single DC. I have no need to  do D2, Can i just delete the morphed folders from  PDC emulator so this will replicate around and also delete from all other DC's.

I just need to know safest way of getting rid of them as they do not do anything.
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Felicity_HarteAuthor Commented:
Ok
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