FRS failing to add server to replica set

Hi there,

I'm getting an issue with FRS for a migration I'm attempting from SBS 2003 to 2008 R2.

So far I've added the 2008 R2 server as a DC in another AD site (same domain) but noticed that the Sysvol & Netlogon shares were not present.

I then noticed on the SBS server that we are seeing events 13552 & 13555 for FRS, restarting the FRS service has no effect.

I performed a D4 restore on the server which briefly added the servers (both) to the replica set but then falls back to event 13552 & 13555 and stops sharing the Sysvol & Netlogon shares on the server (SBS) about 2 second afterwards. In order to reinstate the Syvol & Netlogon shares on the SBS server I have to set the following reg key to '1'

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Netlogon\Parameters\SysvolReady

In the event 13552 I can see:

'FRS error status code is FrsErrorJournalInitFailed'

And in the  FRS debug log I can also see the following two entries one after another:

Error from JrnlOpen  WStatus: ERROR_JOURNAL_DELETE_IN_PROGRESS
CMD_JOURNAL_INIT_ONE_RS failed  WStatus: ERROR_GEN_FAILURE

DCdiag, repadmin & netdiag return no issues (other than mentioning that there are error messages in for FRS).

As this is the only DC they have currently and no System State backup exists I'm at a loss of how to proceed?

If anyone has come across this issue before and could offer a possible method to get this working?

Many thanks

David
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gfsupportConnect With a Mentor Author Commented:
In the end we had to get Microsoft involved, after 5 days of troubleshooting with Microsoft we moved the Sysvol folder off the drive to a usb pen drive (in conjunction with Microsoft's platform team who recommended performing this)

The original location sat on a hardware Raid 5 array on the server and moving it off the Raid array got replication functioning once more.

David
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Don S.Commented:
Need to do both the D4 on the sbs2003 server then a d2 on the 2008 server (or remove DS, reboot and add DS back).  Just had this two weeks ago - annoying as heck.
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gfsupportAuthor Commented:
Hi Dons6718,

Thank you for your advice, I have previously performed a D4 / D2 on both servers but the issue isn't with the 2008 R2 box, its with the SBS 2003 server itself:

In the event 13552 I can see:

'FRS error status code is FrsErrorJournalInitFailed'

And in the  FRS debug log I can also see the following two entries one after another:

Error from JrnlOpen  WStatus: ERROR_JOURNAL_DELETE_IN_PROGRESS
CMD_JOURNAL_INIT_ONE_RS failed  WStatus: ERROR_GEN_FAILURE

Many thanks

David
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Don S.Commented:
That would seem to indicate either a permissions problem or a file corruption problem on the SBS server. Does NTFRS stop and start cleanly on the SBS box?  If not, what messages does it throw?
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gfsupportAuthor Commented:
Troubleshooting with Microsoft.

Microsoft's platform  team moved the Sysvol folder off the hardware Raid 5 array that the OS sat on to a USB pen Drive, once this was done replication started functioning once more
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