Group Policy - User Policy not updating for certain DCs

Hello again, all.

I have noticed the GP Event ID 1058 on several machines on our domain.

When executing gpupdate I receive the following:

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C:\Users\i.mejias>gpupdate
Updating Policy...

User policy could not be updated successfully. The following errors were encountered:

The processing of Group Policy failed. Windows attempted to read the file \\prime.local\SysVol\prime.local\Policies\{038673CC-FC77-446E-8334-D764AFB97F8B}\gpt.ini from a
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.
Computer Policy update has completed successfully.

To diagnose the failure, review the event log or invoke gpmc.msc to access information about Group Policy results.
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However, the Computer Policy updates just fine.

I also noticed that it is happening when these machines are trying to read the policy template from certain DCs.  For example:

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C:\>nltest /dsgetdc:prime.local
           DC: \\EXSERVER.prime.local
      Address: \\192.168.123.230
     Dom Guid: d535512a-2942-4417-94f7-9255c0db9fd0
     Dom Name: prime.local
  Forest Name: prime.local
 Dc Site Name: Lewisville
Our Site Name: Lewisville
        Flags: GC DS LDAP KDC TIMESERV WRITABLE DNS_DC DNS_DOMAIN DNS_FOREST CLOSE_SITE
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It seems to me that this is an issue of these machines not able to read the gpt.ini from these specific servers.

Thanks in advance!
IDMAAsked:
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ArneLoviusConnect With a Mentor Commented:
run replmon from the 2k3 support tools on one of the 2k3 DCs, add all of the DCs

its a much better (IMHO) interface than repadmin for finding out where failure are occurring.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc784128(v=ws.10).aspx

Are the six subnets in the same site ? are there any firewalls or VPN connections between the subnets ?

The IPv6 question was in case you had IPv6 in some subnets, but no IPv6 routing between them.
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lruiz52Commented:
Do you get any other error codes? start with the link below;\

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc727259(v=ws.10).aspx
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IDMAAuthor Commented:
Error Code 3.

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 SupportInfo1 4
  SupportInfo2 840
  ProcessingMode 0
  ProcessingTimeInMilliseconds 2230
  ErrorCode 3
  ErrorDescription The system cannot find the path specified.  
  DCName exserver.prime.local
  GPOCNName cn={038673CC-FC77-446E-8334-D764AFB97F8B},cn=policies,cn=system,DC=prime,DC=local
  FilePath \\prime.local\SysVol\prime.local\Policies\{038673CC-FC77-446E-8334-D764AFB97F8B}\gpt.ini
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However, the above result is from one server throwing the error BUT, from my machine (a regular laptop) I don't see it and it is connecting to the same DC (EXSERVER):

C:\>nltest /dsgetdc:prime.local
           DC: \\EXSERVER.prime.local
      Address: \\192.168.123.230
     Dom Guid: d535512a-2942-4417-94f7-9255c0db9fd0
     Dom Name: prime.local
  Forest Name: prime.local
 Dc Site Name: Lewisville
Our Site Name: Lewisville
        Flags: GC DS LDAP KDC TIMESERV WRITABLE DNS_DC DNS_DOMAIN DNS_FOREST CLOSE_SITE
The command completed successfully
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What I am having trouble with is, understanding why gpupdate would work from my laptop and other users that are connecting to EXSERVER; and not this machine.
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IDMAAuthor Commented:
UPDATE:
After rebooting EXSERVER, this resolved part of the issue.  Now, on DC DEVILS (PRC), I keep seeing Event ID 1058 non-stop.

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The processing of Group Policy failed. Windows attempted to read the file \\prime.local\SysVol\prime.local\Policies\{B8016FE8-A031-4BD2-A913-76746479E7AD}\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.
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+ System

  - Provider

   [ Name]  Microsoft-Windows-GroupPolicy
   [ Guid]  {AEA1B4FA-97D1-45F2-A64C-4D69FFFD92C9}
 
   EventID 1058
 
   Version 0
 
   Level 2
 
   Task 0
 
   Opcode 1
 
   Keywords 0x8000000000000000
 
  - TimeCreated

   [ SystemTime]  2013-01-21T17:08:21.869283200Z
 
   EventRecordID 37479
 
  - Correlation

   [ ActivityID]  {634F57CA-2717-4797-8CB1-3FB3028BD052}
 
  - Execution

   [ ProcessID]  900
   [ ThreadID]  1336
 
   Channel System
 
   Computer devils.prime.local
 
  - Security

   [ UserID]  S-1-5-18
 

- EventData

  SupportInfo1 4
  SupportInfo2 816
  ProcessingMode 0
  ProcessingTimeInMilliseconds 703
  ErrorCode 3
  ErrorDescription The system cannot find the path specified.  
  DCName exserver.prime.local
  GPOCNName cn={B8016FE8-A031-4BD2-A913-76746479E7AD},cn=policies,cn=system,DC=prime,DC=local
  FilePath \\prime.local\SysVol\prime.local\Policies\{B8016FE8-A031-4BD2-A913-76746479E7AD}\gpt.ini
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IDMAAuthor Commented:
Alright, just realized that the C:\Windows\SYSVOL\domain\Policies from the PDC is not replicating to the other DCs.  ANy suggestions?
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ArneLoviusCommented:
How many subnets/VLANS are the DC's spread over ?

Are you running IPv6 in any subnets ?

Are all of the DCs in the domain 2k8 ?
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IDMAAuthor Commented:
Thanks -

6 subnets
No IPv6 anywhere
There are 2 or 3 2k3 R2 DCs left
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IDMAAuthor Commented:
Each subnet represents a different satellite office, so they are remote locations; end they are connecting through a dedicated VPN tunnel.

Thanks.  I have run the replmon tool and several 1722 errors and also can see that in 4 DCs several policies have an X next to them.
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