SBS 2008 Group Policy Fails to Load

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Had several Journal Wrap errors (The File Replication Service has detected that the replica set "DOMAIN SYSTEM VOLUME (SYSVOL SHARE)" is in JRNL_WRAP_ERROR.) that we cleared via the instructions in the event itself. After that was done, had to do an authoritative restore D4 via http://support.microsoft.com/kb/290762.

Users can now log in and authenticate with the server. The following logs are clear of errors: DFS Replication, Directory Service, DNS Server, File Replication Service, and the Application log.

The following error continues to appear in System log:

Event ID 1058 (System)
The processing of Group Policy failed. Windows attempted to read the file \\DOMAINNAME.local\SysVol\DOMAINNAME.local\Policies\{EA3C26D6-FCEF-4B61-B7EC-3A6DF1273721}\gpt.ini from a domain controller and was not successful. Group Policy settings may not be applied until this event is resolved. This issue may be transient and could be caused by one or more of the following:
a) Name Resolution/Network Connectivity to the current domain controller.
b) File Replication Service Latency (a file created on another domain controller has not replicated to the current domain controller).
c) The Distributed File System (DFS) client has been disabled.


The Syslog folder is present and shared, however, all that is present there is a shortcut to DOMAINNAME.local, which is empty. C:\Windows\sysvol\domain, \staging, and \staging areas are also empty.

Now, I have backups of these directories . . . should I restore? I've seen other suggestions to similar issues saying to use dcgpofix.

This is a SBS 2008 machine, the only DC in the forest. Small network, about 10 clients.

Not sure what the best way to proceed. Thanks in advance, experts.
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Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasyPrincipal Consultant
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Please see my answer in this question which should help you to resolve your problem:
http://rdsrc.us/iOKgQp

Jeff
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Thanks for the response. So if I'm clear, even though I'm not getting the error you specified in the other solution, the same solution should do the trick?

Thanks,

Rob
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I'm sorry, I don't know where my head was at when I referred you to that post... I must have been on another tangent for something else.

I just reread your question and I do see that you have a valid backup of your SYSVOL folder.  You can definitely restore that to C:\Windows\sysvol\sysvol\

See this Q for confirmation of this:  http:Q_24913826.html

Jeff
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Thanks, Jeff. I will try that this evening. Appreciate the quick response. I'll post back with the results.

-Rob

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Had to restore SYSVOL folder from backup to a different location, copy the files to the actual SYSVOL folder, and then reset the BurFlags to D4 and restart the File Replication Service.

Event log is clear, all seems normal.

Thanks for your help, Jeff.

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