Create the SYSVOL Staging Areas Folder Structure

Applies To: Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2

You can use this procedure to create the SYSVOL staging areas subdirectory folder structure when you move the staging areas tree to a new location. The %systemroot%\SYSVOL\staging areas folder is the top of the staging areas tree in SYSVOL. To move the staging areas tree properly, you must select and copy the contents of %systemroot%\SYSVOL\staging areas. A different subfolder of %systemroot%\SYSVOL is named staging. Ensure that you select the contents of the staging areas subfolder (%systemroot%\SYSVOL\staging areas) and not the staging subfolder (%systemroot%\SYSVOL\staging).

Membership in Domain Admins, or equivalent, is the minimum required to complete this procedure. Review details about using the appropriate accounts and group memberships at Local and Domain Default Groups (

To create the SYSVOL staging areas folder structure

  1. In Windows Explorer, create a new folder for the new location of the staging areas folder.

  2. Navigate to the folder that represents the top of your current staging areas tree. By default, this folder is %systemroot%\SYSVOL\staging areas.

  3. In the console tree, right-click the staging areas folder, and then click Copy.

  4. In the console tree, navigate to the new folder that you created for the staging areas tree, right-click the folder, and then click Paste.


This folder must be empty when you paste the staging areas folders.

  1. Verify that the folder structure was copied correctly. To compare the new folder structure to the original, open a command prompt as an administrator: On the Start menu, right-click Command Prompt, and then click Run as administrator. If the User Account Control dialog box appears, provide Domain Admins credentials, if required, and then click Continue.

  2. Change directories to the new staging areas folder. To list the contents of the folder and subfolders, type the following command, and then press ENTER:

    dir /s

    Ensure that all folders exist. If any folders are missing at the new location (such as \scripts), re-create them.