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
when you do the same in GPMC console in Windows Server 2012 or using RSAT for Windows 8, you will see the new tab
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
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
now, click “Detect” button to gather information about current policy
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
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.
So, thankfully to this new feature, you can simply verify if your policies are replicating between Domain Controllers.
Author: Krzysztof Pytko