Set the staging area path

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

Use this procedure to modify the fRSStagingPath parameter for a domain controller in Active Directory in order to change the location of the Staging Area folder on that domain controller. Perform this procedure at the console of the domain controller that is hosting the SYSVOL that you must reconfigure.

Administrative Credentials

To perform this procedure, you must be a member of the Domain Admins group in Active Directory.

To set the staging area path

  1. Double-click Domain [computername] (where computername is the name of this domain controller). Verify that the Domain expands to display the domain component (DC=) folder.

  2. Click the domain component to display the containers and OUs in the details pane.

  3. Double-click OU=Domain Controllers to display the containers that represent the domain controllers.

  4. Double-click the container that represents this domain controller (CN=computername) to display more containers.

  5. Click the CN=NTFRS Subscriptions container.

  6. In the details pane, right-click CN=Domain System Volume, and then click Properties.

  7. Ensure that Show mandatory attributes is selected. Select it if it is not.

  8. In Attributes, click fRSStagingPath, and then click Edit. The current value appears in the Value box in the String Attribute Editor dialog box.

  9. In the Value box, enter the complete path to the new location where you want to locate the Staging Area folder (the path to the new folder that you created earlier), including the drive letter and click OK.

  10. Close ADSI Edit.

  11. Open a Command Prompt.

  12. Change the directory to %systemroot%\SYSVOL\staging areas.

  13. Type the following command to list the contents of the directory and then press ENTER:


    Verify that <JUNCTION> appears in the DIR output.

  14. Update the junction so that it points to the new location by typing the following command and then pressing ENTER:

    linkd junctionname newpath

    where newpath specifies the same value that you entered for fRSStagingPath earlier.