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I have two windows servers, one 2008 SP2 R1 ( x86 ), and the other 2008 R2 running a 2008 DFS namespace, and replicating between the two.

I have approximately 600GB of data being replicated over a 1Gbps LAN.

I set replication up almost a week ago, but the server is still telling me that the initial replication is not complete for that vast majority of the folders I have under my DFS root.

I only have about 30 folders, and so far I have only seen on show initial replication complete.

I can see that the two systems are out of sync.

How long does this take? If this is too long, which I suspect it is, how can I begin to run down the problem keeping replication from running properly?

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might be to late but you could have prestaged the data. support.microsoft.com/kb/947726 –  tony roth Aug 2 '10 at 18:45
    
Also are these on the same subnet? Are the nics setup correctly, should be auto/auto if not then its a gamble.. Is the source server still having a lot of modifications done to it? –  tony roth Aug 2 '10 at 18:48
    
I did an initial copy by hand using robocopy before setting up the replication. –  Russ Aug 2 '10 at 18:50
    
unfortuantely the robocopy screws up the replication information so that it will redo the entire copy. –  tony roth Aug 2 '10 at 22:16
    
@tony - good to know. What is recomended then? xcopy? –  Russ Aug 3 '10 at 12:35
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it depends. On latency and bandwidth. With a 600gb load and a 1gb link I would say a day or two maximum.

Any other information? Logs, errors? There are various issues that can lead to a slow / non replicating behavior if staging gets filled up. A week would still be more than I would accept on a 1gb LAN, though.

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