A Quick Tip To Check For Morphed Folders In An Active Directory Forest

by [Published on 16 Nov. 2010 / Last Updated on 10 Oct. 2009]

This article explains how you can check for morphed folders in an Active Directory forest.

This article explains the easiest way to check for morphed folders in an Active Directory forest. This article uses a small script to scan all the domain controllers to check for morphed folders. The morphed folders are generated in SYSVOL share if you copy SYSVOL contents manually to SYSVOL share on another domain controller.


  • Get the list of domain controllers in forest. To do this, run the following command:
  • Dsquery server -r rdn -forest > C:\DCList.txt
  • The DC List will be stored in the DCList.TXT file. You need to use this file with the FOR command as shown below:
  • FOR /F "Tokens=*" %L IN (C:\DCList.txt) DO DIR /s \\%L\SYSVOL | Find /i "_NTFRS" >> C:\Result.TXT

The above FOR command runs against each DC in DCList.txt and looks for _NTFRS folder in SYSVOL share. If it finds it returns the name of the folder. The end results will be stored in the C:\Result.txt.

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The Author — Nirmal Sharma

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Nirmal Sharma is a MCSEx3, MCITP and was awarded the Microsoft MVP award in Directory Services and Windows Networking. He specializes in Microsoft Azure, Office 365, Directory Services, Failover Clusters, Hyper-V, PowerShell Scripting and System Center products. Nirmal has been involved with Microsoft Technologies since 1994. In his spare time, he likes to help others and share some of his knowledge by writing tips and articles on various sites and contributing to PowerShell-based Dynamic Packs for www.ITDynamicPacks.Net solutions.

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