Active Directory and SYSVOL replication status

 

This time some short article about new feature in Group Policy Management console in Windows Server 2012. You can very simply and in quick time see current status of GPO on your Domain Controllers. Using GPMC console you can see if group policies are replicated between all Domain Controllers in a domain.

To check that, select requested GPO and in the right pane click on “Status” tab.

As you can see, GPMC in Windows Server 2008/2008R2 has no that tab to see that directly

GPMC in Windows Server 2008/2008R2

when you do the same in GPMC console in Windows Server 2012 or using RSAT for Windows 8, you will see the new tab

GPMC in Windows Server 2012

This new tab allows you to see in quick way current status of every GPO. You can see if any Domain Controller is requesting GPO replication or not and you will also see error(s) for GPO when it is not replicated.

To see how it works, create some example GPO and select it in GPMC, click on “Status” tab and check what there is displayed in default view

Default view for GPO under status tab

You can see there, that no information is gathered for specified Domain Controller. If you wish to check GPO status on particular DC, click “Change” and select it from the list

Changing Domain Controller

Changing Domain Controller

now, click “Detect” button to gather information about current policy

Gathering GPO information

and you can see if any DC is being replicated policy or if there is any issue. When everything is OK, you should see all information under green area

Correct GPO status

In this case everything is OK, and GPO is properly replicated between current DC and DC with PDC Emulator.

When some Domain Controller is replicating data or replication failed, you will see appropriate information under red question mark area.

Inproper GPO status

So, thankfully to this new feature, you can simply verify if your policies are replicating between Domain Controllers.

Author: Krzysztof Pytko

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4 responses to “Active Directory and SYSVOL replication status”

  1. shaughnessy says :

    “You can very simply and in quick time see current status of GPO on your Domain Controllers”
    You can quickly check the current status of a GPO on your Domain Controllers in a very simple way.

    “As you can see, GPMC in Windows Server 2008/2008R2 has no that tab to see that directly”
    As you can see, GPMC in W2k8 hasn’t got that tab at all…
    … while GPMC console in Windows Server 2012 or RSAT for Windows 8 has it.

    “This new tab allows you to see in quick way current status of every GPO. You can see if any Domain Controller is requesting GPO replication or not and you will also see error(s) for GPO when it is not replicated.”
    This new tab allows you to quickly check the current status of every GPO. … and you will also see any replication errors.

    “To see how it works, create some example GPO and select it in GPMC, click on “Status” tab and check what there is displayed in default view”
    …click on the “Status” tab and check what does the default view display.” albo “what is displayed in the default view”.

    dalej mi się nie chce;p

    Ogólnie bardzo mi się podobają te wpisy, ale Twój angielski zgrzyta. Idzie się domyślić o co chodzi, ale wygląda to kiepsko. Tak czy inaczej dzięki za te krótkie wpisy o W2k12.

     
    • iSiek says :

      Dziekuje za wskazanie bledow i przykladowych poprawek. Jak juz zauwazyles, jezyk angielski nie jest mym rodzimym i staram sie go rozwijac. Pisanie tychze artykulow w pewnym stopniu pozwala mi na to. Cieszy mnie fakt, ze mozna cos z tego jednak zrozumiec 🙂

      Dziekuje, za przegladanie blog’a i postaram sie w nastepnych artykułach robic mniej błedów 😀

      Pozdrowienia,
      Krzysztof

       
  2. home gardens designs says :

    It’s hard to find educated people in this particular subject, however, you seem like you know what you’re talking about!
    Thanks

     

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