We are using 2008 R2 windows server. Our main IT admin renamed our AD domain (example: from aaa.com to bbb.com)

I am now unable to update any Group Policies. In addition, in the C:\Windows\SYSVOL\staging folder, it still shows a folder named aaa.com (old name).

My DHCP and DNS are working fine.

How can I update my domain (bbb.com) in sysvol folder with out recreating/rebuilding Active Directory.

When I try to edit the policies, I am getting the error "the system cannot find path specified"

Can anyone help me?

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One does not just go walking into Mordor.. I mean.. One does not just go changing your AD Domain name.

It's a process not to be taken lightly as there are a myriad of things that can go wrong.

All that being said, it looks like you still need to run the gpfixup utility to fix the GPO's after the domain rename.

If your main IT guy was renaming domains.. he should also know (hopefully) how to fix it

  • +1. This was my thought as well. He probably missed this step.
    – MDMarra
    Jun 13, 2012 at 14:22
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    Wow, a domain rename tool exists, but I always wondered if anyone would be crazy enough to use it in a production environment ;-) As Rex said, it can have a H-U-G-E impact
    – dSebastien
    Jun 13, 2012 at 14:36
  • If I were guessing, I'd guess the \\domain_A\sysvol\domain\domain_A\policies don't also exist in \\domain_B\sysvol\domain\domain_B\policies. the gpfixup tool sounds like the key
    – uSlackr
    Jun 13, 2012 at 15:12

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