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Group Policy Not Replicating - NTFRS Service Won't Start

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We have two domain controllers. DC1 is working fine. DC2 is not receiving replicated GPOs.

Both DCs are Server 2012 Datacenter (not R2) with all current updates. They both have AD, DNS and DHCP.

DC1 is RID, PDC and Operations Master.

DC2 is getting AD and DNS updates but NO Group Policy replication is taking place. Users who end up with DC1 in their gpresult get the GPOs and no problems. Users who end up with DC2 "kind of" get GPOs but with a lof of missing settings. The records show that DC2's GPOs are over 100 days older than DC1, so they haven't synced/replicated in that long.

The problem DC is getting some errors.

-Error 1053
error1053
-Event ID 4012
eventID4012
Troubleshooting:
- Deleted all of the domain policies out of SYSVOL. They were over 100 days old, anyway (per event ID 4012).
- The NTFRS (File Replication) service will NOT start from the GUI or command line.
- I noticed that NTFRS won't start on the "working" DC

Any thoughts?

Research:
http://community.spiceworks.com/topic/765274-ntfrs-stopped-and-missing
This doesn't work because ntfrs isn't "missing". I see it there but it just won't start.

http://kpytko.pl/active-directory-domain-services/non-authoritative-sysvol-restore-frs/
I can follow this up to the point where it wants me to start the ntfrs service which results in error 1053.

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/2958414
The article did not address this specfic issue.

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/2218556
I did a non-authoratative restore, got Event ID 4614 in the DFS Replication log but still no replication in Group Policy.
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