SYSVOL and/or NETLOGON share not created after DCPROMO

Just promoted a machine as DC with DCPROMO and the SYSVOL or NETLOGON shares are not created?

No worries, this happens a lot. This can be fixed by setting the new domain controller as non-authoritative.

To get the domain controller to re-establish the shares properally and publish it under the domain namespace theres a trick to this which I will show you.

Navigate to the following registry key on the domain controller you just copied the SYSVOL to:

HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Ntfrs\Parameters\Backup/Restore\Process at Startup

Set the value of the BurFlags registry entry to D4.

D2, also known as a nonauthoritative mode restore
D4, also known as an authoritative mode restore

Restart the Ntfrs service (File Replication Service)

The DC will now automatically share the SYSVOL and republish it under the domain namespace.

Source KB Document:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/290762

5 comments on “SYSVOL and/or NETLOGON share not created after DCPROMO”

  1. Adam T. Anthony says:

    YOU’RE AWSOME!

  2. Geroge McKee says:

    I have been tearing my hair out for days trying to get new DCs to work. Thank you. You Rock!

  3. Andy says:

    This is a really good doc, however can I just add that:
    D2, also known as a nonauthoritative mode restore
    D4, also known as an authoritative mode restore
    I ran the D4 by mistake 🙁

    The Microsoft doc at the bottom of the doc details this and I should have read this first.

  4. Lee says:

    Thank you for this very helpful tip! It seems to be more common occurrence these days.

  5. Dmitri says:

    your post has helped us a lot!
    Great thanks!

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