Attempting to backup all GPO's fails on both Domain Controllers

error: the specified server cannot perform the requested operation

This happens on both of my domain controllers. If there is any way that I can get this resolved that would be fantastic. We have oodles of GPO's in our current domain (single label) that I want to backup and restore in our new TLD compliant domain. I know I could recreate them all, but this seems like an simple issue. After furiously googling, still haven't gotten anywhere with it. I have tried using the powershell commands and the GUI with no luck. Whether attempting to backup one GPO or all of them, never a success.

I am using Server 2012 domain controllers, domain and forest functional level of server 2012screenshot of error
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Miguel Angel Perez MuñozCommented:
What method are you using to do backup?
Could you try: Backup-GPO -All -path C:\somewhere\ -domain -server
Will SzymkowskiSenior Solution ArchitectCommented:
Can't say that i have seen that before. Does your account have the proper permissions? Can you backup any of the GPO's successfully?

Have you checked the event viewer on the DC's to see if they are generating any error messages?

aackarAuthor Commented:
I had tried powershell previously, just with less switches. Attached is the output of the command

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aackarAuthor Commented:
The account definitely has the needed permissions. I will triple check the logs just to be sure
aackarAuthor Commented:
The log shows the same thing as previously, which is application error 2004, Backup of GPO failed. Error [same error mentioned in above comments]

I also found this link
Seems like the exact same issue. I checked my schema version and I am at 56 (server 2012)

No solution for that one either. I wonder if this is happening due to my single label domain. Everything else Microsoft related (such as DFS) fails on a single label domain
Will SzymkowskiSenior Solution ArchitectCommented:
Take a look at the following link. Try adding the -domain and -server switches to the command and see if that works.


aackarAuthor Commented:
That has been tried already
Have you tried to backup one GP instead of all at once?

Like you mentioned before I too am wondering if this has to do with your single label domain...

Have you run dcdiag /v /e >c:\dcdiag.txt to ensure your AD environment is healthy just to be safe?

I wonder if the GP migration table would work here. I never tried it with a single-label domain though.
aackarAuthor Commented:
I wound up re-creating all of my GPO's in the new domain. Though it was painful, this was the most direct solution for me. I am certain it is due to the single label domain now. After re-creating the GPO's in the new domain (TLD compliant), they back up successfully from there.

Just for grins, I did check the AD health status and it checked out fine. Thanks everyone for the help!

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aackarAuthor Commented:
Though this solved the issue, it would be a nightmare re-creating all GPO's in a larger environment. Thankfully I only had about 50 policies to create over.
Ron DokkensirCommented:
Had the problem on a DC in a VM (Win 2012 Server).

It turned out..
That the ip settings on the server was wrong!

It was set to DHCP (Obtain ip automatically)
Should have had had static IP!
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