Active Directory Journal Wrap Error

Posted: September 16, 2015 in Windows

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1. Create Backup Point with shadow copy or backup with your application backup


2. Open Registry, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetservicesNtFrsParameters

Create DWORD (32-bit) Value and type Enable Journal Wrap Automatic Restore and place a 1 as the hex value.


3. Open Command Prompt and Type net stop ntfrs and net start ntfrs


4. Open Event log and Check File Replication Service

This will then cause the following to appear in your File Replication Service Event Log:

The File Replication Service is deleting this computer from the replica set “DOMAIN SYSTEM VOLUME (SYSVOL SHARE)” as an attempt to recover from the error state,
Error status = FrsErrorSuccess
At the next poll, which will occur in 5 minutes, this computer will be re-added to the replica set. The re-addition will trigger a full tree sync for the replica set.

This will be followed by the following Event Log:

File Replication Service is scanning the data in the system volume. Computer MyDomainServer cannot become a domain controller until this process is complete. The system volume will then be shared as SYSVOL.

This will be followed by the following Event Log:

The File Replication Service moved the preexisting files in c:windowssysvoldomain to c:windowssysvoldomainNtFrs_PreExisting___See_EventLog.

5. Now we need to wait a bit and allow the replication to complete. This has taken anywhere from 5 minutes to 20 minutes for me based on server and what is being replicated. You will know it is complete when you get the Event Log:

The File Replication Service is no longer preventing the computer MyDomainController from becoming a domain controller. The system volume has been successfully initialized and the Netlogon service has been notified that the system volume is now ready to be shared as SYSVOL.


6. Once you get this log your replication is complete and the Journal Wrap issues are fixed. We now need to go back to REGEDIT and change the entry we placed in there from a 1 to a 0.


Thanks, CMIIW Smile

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