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SBS 2011 Group Policies disappeared

Posted on 2014-01-30
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Hi there,

We recently had an issue with an SBS 2011 server which went in to a journal wrap mode and caused lots of issues with Netlogon and other services starting up. The issue has since been resolved but since then (not 100% if it was the cause but the times correlate) there are problems relating to Group Policy. In the system log, there are lots of entries of the following error

Event ID - 1058 - 'The processing of Group Policy failed. Windows attempted to read the file \\domain.local\SysVol\domain\Policies\{DA12947C-0379-43DA-A44C-0BC55ADF9D40}\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.'

There are no other DCs so replication is not the problem. When opening the Group Policy Management console I receive the error 'The system cannot find the path specified' when selecting any of the policies.

Further investigation showed the folder that appears to store the policies in C:\Windows\SYSVOL\domain\Policies was actually empty.

Would there be any sort of copies of the original policies stored locally that I can place back in that folder? Otherwise, if I am able to recover those folders from a backup, is it as simple as simply placing them in that folder?

Thanks.

Keith
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Hi,

there is no other location where by default policies are shared. If you have a decent backup with these folders you can just restore them to the mentioned directory without any problem.

If there is no backup, you can recreate the policies by using this article: http://blogs.technet.com/b/sbs/archive/2013/04/24/how-to-manually-create-the-sbs-2011-standard-and-wsus-group-policies-objects.aspx
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Thanks. I recovered the sysvol folder from a backup and placed the contents in the Windows\Sysvol folder. Group Policy management complained about the permissions not matching those in AD but automatically corrected them when I clicked 'OK' and the policy settings seem to look right now. Not sure what caused that folder to disappear but at least the backup restore sorted it out.

Thanks again
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