Posted: Mon Apr 26, 2010 4:43 pm Post subject: Full GPO replication
We are running a Windows 2003 AD.
I have used repadmin /syncall a number of times.
I normally add /e to the command to sync to all servers in the domain and /P to push updates to other domain controllers.
It solved many AD synchronization problems.
I do not think that repadmin /syncall is also replicating GPO's.
Repadmin /syncall is only synchronizing Active Directory data.
Maybe it is better to change one of the settings, and undo the change, in every GPO that needs to replicate.
The only other command I can think of that might help is replmon. This would bring up the Replication Monitor so you should be able to see when the GPO is being replicated. It will not force replication, but would allow you to see if replication is occuring at all.
Posted: Thu May 06, 2010 8:51 pm Post subject: gpo troubleshooting
repadmin is NOT used to check group policy replication since those files are not part of active directory but rather a folder called sysvol which uses frs for replication, or dfs-r on windows 2008.
use gpupdate and gpotool to troubleshoot the application and versions of gpo objects on the domain.
using gpotool you can see the gui name of the gpo and find that in active directory to make sure the reference for the files are there.
if you are using dfsr then the tool to use is the dfs management console which can give you html reports of replication status or dfsradmin.exe
don't confuse active directory replication with group policy replication, they are 2 different things. activedir just keeps a reference of the group policy objects it does not hold the actual files or templates and scripts in the database. those are stored as normal files in a shared folder called sysvol which gets replicated using a different service and protocol seperate from activedir database.
It will not force replication, but would appropriate you to see if replication is occuring at all. This would bring up the Replication Monitor so you should be able to see when the GPO is being replicated.
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