We went from Windows 2003 R2 to Windows Server 2012 R2. I did the following:

  • Joined 2012 server to the 2003 domain
  • Installed Active Directory Domain Services (aka dcpromo) on the server
  • Transferred all roles to new server within fsmo maintenance under ntdsutil
  • I don't remove the old Windows Server 2003 server

Everything seemed to be working OK (User synchronized to the new DC2012R2) until I saw errors with group policy not applying due to missing group policy folders - on closer inspection I had no SYSVOL or NETLOGON folders!

What can i do for resolve this problem?

  • Your migration failed. Now you have to check : Who hold roles , your time setup(ntp) , your dns setup and a bit of google for other questions about dcdiag.exe the domain diag tool.
    – YuKYuK
    Sep 14, 2015 at 12:16

1 Answer 1


It's a common issue with such migration as 2003R2 default replication is used FRS, while newer OS like 2008R2+ is defaulting to DFRS for the replication of that volume.

Please recreate the folder C:\Windows\SYSVOL\domain in the 20012R2 manually and restart the net-logon service.

If the replication is not working, please use the D4-D2 BurFlags restoration's method after the folder creation

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