troubleshooting Question

Server Migration with Missing Sysvol

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Windows Server 2012* Distributed File System Replication (DFSR)* fsmo
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So here's the scene. I was brought in in the middle of a server migration because the other sys admin left. DC1 is a Server 2008 box being migrated to DC2 which is a Server 2012R2 VM. The server roles (AD DS, DNS, File and Storage Services) were already installed on DC2 and the domain level FSMO roles was already migrated to DC2. As I came in, I installed Windows Server Backup on both machine and took a backup of each that were saved to a NAS. I proceed to migrate the remaining 2 FSMO roles, and swap IPs so anything mapped by IP instead of DNS doesn't break. I was going to remove DC1 as a global catalog, remove the roles, and decommission it, but I wanted to hold off for a little bit. Everything was working fine until I powered down DC1 and rebooted DC2. DC2 could not open Active Directory. Rebooted DC2, same thing. Rebooted DC2 and powered DC1 back on. Everything working again. i checked DC2 and I see no SYSVOL folder. Come to find out both servers are running NTFRS instead of DFS-R. I thought maybe migrating from FRS to DFS-R would help, so I perform the migration. What's interesting is as I go from state 0 to 1, 1 to 2, and 2 to 3 on DC1, the same thing happens automatically on DC2 as I'm checking both servers to see what state they are in. Finished DFS-R migration, but still no SYSVOL folder on DC2. What's worse is now there's no SYSVOL folder on DC1 either. There is a SYSVOL_DFSR but it seems empty. I did make a copy of the SYSVOL folder before the migration, so I have that. When I go to Event Viewer on DC2, I go to Custom Views>Server Roles>Active Directory Domain Services and I get a pop-up error saying File Replication Service Access is denied. Help! I'm afraid to turn the old server off. I was going to try a non-authoritative restore, but I'm not sure if I can do that since the SYSVOL folder on DC1 is now gone.
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