DFS (Distributed File System) Replication is a file replication technology originally shipped with Microsoft's Windows Server 2003 R2 operating system.

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What is the safest way to turn off DFSR, when one node has been powered off for months

We have two file servers that are standalone. We use DFSR to replicate data from server 1 to server 2. Server 2 has been powered down for some time now, and I am hesitant to turn it back on, in case ...
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Server 2012 R2 VSS freezing and causing DFSR and Win Backups to fail

Symptom is that approx once a week DFSR (Distributed File System Replication) stops replicating and Windows Backup (wbengine.exe) stops responding. When I analyse their wait chains they're waiting on ...
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DFS-R Only syncing one sub directory

We've got 11 servers running 2012 R2, configured with Active Directory and using DFS-R to sync Roaming profiles and general data in a folder called "Shared" over our VPN. All of the servers are ...
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How do I determine if DFS's Auto Recovery State is Actually doing anything?

One of my servers was rebooted recently and CHKDSK was run. When I run a DFS Diagnostic report on it, the DFS environment shows the server that was rebooted is now in a state of "Auto Recovery". ...
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How do I resolve a DFS replication issue when the replication service thinks the destination disk is full, but actually isn't?

I ran a diagnostic report on my DFS replication between 2 servers and got the following error in my report: The DFS Replication service stopped replication on volume D:. This failure can occur ...
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Will BranchCache support user more than 100 users at each subnet?

I read the Windows Server 2012 Branchcache vs. DFS-R and also DFS-R or Branchcache?, both articles are very good and they didn't mention this limitation when compared with DFS-R. However if we read ...
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Increasing Size of VHD having DFSR Data

I have two file servers which are replicating files through DFSR across two different locations over WAN link. I want to increase one of partition size having replication group folders on it. I was ...
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Recreating/Restoring existing DFS Folder

I am having some difficulty with some DFS management. I am attempting to migrate some folders that are on an old DFS 2008 server to a 2012 R2 server. I may have been doing it totally wrong. I have ...
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WebDav Performance - Drive mapping vs Web Browsing

I can't seem to find any information about this topic. We have setup an IIS server with WebDav support and this seems to be a fine solution but we're getting fairly slow performance out of a specific ...
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Windows Server 2012 R2 DFSR folder

On my server (2012 R2) the D:\System Volume Information\DFSr folder is too large. Approximately 18,5go. How to reduce it? The intermediate folder (in DFS Configration) has 4096mo like quota. What ...
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DFSR Replication service corrections after server crash

I need to set up a system of at least two servers running Windows Server 2008 R2 (main and standby) in a domain. The two servers are synchronized at all times, so that the standby can take over in ...
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DFS-R replication: NTFS permissions don't work on some subfolders on members

I've setup DFS-R (Hub and spoke) for a share between 6 Windows 2012 R2 servers. The share on all servers is called "Websites$" with "full access" permission for everyone. All servers have high ...
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DFS-style Replication for Samba?

I've been snooping around here for a while, and it looks as if glusterfs might be the answer to my question. However, I am fairly new to this, so a sanity check would be much appreciated! My setup is ...
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DFS Replication Failure - no space & rebuild

DFS failed about 2 weeks or so ago, someone noticed it wasn't working and manually copied over a lot of stuff (looks like the correct structure). I was able to run a command suggested from the ...
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Windows Server DFSR Log Repeating Error

I'm running Windows Server 2008 R2 on both sides of the DFS replication. Both servers are on the same LAN. Server1 is my source and I'm pushing to Server2. I preseeded following Microsoft's ...
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DFS-R creating 4.2 million file backlog of identical files after clone

I have a Windows Server 2012 R2 DFS node that got its database corrupted. Before the DFS-R corruption, it had a totally up to date data set. It was around a week before we discovered the corruption, ...
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SCOM 2012R2 DFS Replication Managementpack

We have a functional implementation of SCOM 2012R2 running on Windows Server 2012R2. Recently I have begun trying to get the DFS Replication monitoring working; specifically backlog monitoring. ...
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all dfs replication groups failing at the same time

We have 2 pairs of fileshare servers. All servers are virtual Windows 2008 R2. Each pair is replicating over a WAN. Occasionally all DFS replication groups fail at the same time. I could not find any ...
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How can I use junctions instead of drive letters to organize DFS replication of multiple shares on multiple disks?

I am configuring a new DFS setup that will utilize Namespaces and Replication. The two member servers are virtual machines running Windows Server 2012 R2. Since many of the shares range from ...
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DFS replication monitoring under a non-administrative account

I have a DFS replication set up on two Windows Server 2012 machines in a domain, the DFS consists of one namespace, two servers, several replication groups each containing one folder. I have been ...
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80% memory utilization on server- is this just caching?

Memory utilization is very high on this 2008 R2 server, but I think it might just be caching RAM- performance on the server is fine and CPU utilization is very low. It is running DFSR which I believe ...
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Does DFSR service exclusively lock files?

I am getting intermittent errors in a single threaded application that writes a large file on a share that is replicated by DFSR. The error is: The process cannot access the file '\xxxxx\xxxx\xxx\xx\...
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DFSR fails before initialization. Event ID: 4010, 3006, 2010, 4004

I have a 2 server DFSR configuration where I am attempting to replicate two shares between them. ServerA (2008R2) is the primary and ServerB(2012R2) is the receiver, both are DCs. The RepFolder on ...
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Robocopy script copied permissions/subfolders everything but NOT shares

I ran this command on my new server: ROBOCOPY "\\oldserver\e$\folder" "e:\folder\" /COPYALL /SEC /MIR /LOG:logs.txt It copies all permission and mirrored my folder but later I realized that shares ...
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Use the DFSR Module on a Windows 2012 R2 Server Core

I have a standard Windows 2012 R2 box setup with server core. I have the file server roles installed along with DFSR. I want to use the powershell tools like Get-DfsrState and other Get-Dfsr* to ...
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Why do files end up being filled entirely with null bytes after replication using DFSR?

We're using Microsoft's Distributed File System for replication. In our scenario we have a single writer that creates/overwrites/deletes files and several distributed readers. The writer is running ...
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DFS configuration through powershell in AWS [closed]

What my task is: Trying to automate DFSR installation as well as configuration through powershell. I've two AWS test instances with AWS directory services running. So, obviously my domain is with AWS ...
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Invalid method Parameter when calling DfsrConnectionInfo->ForceReplication() with WMIC

In our AD infrastructure the SYSVOL is replicated by DFSR. I want to force replication using WMI (ForceReplication method) via WMIC: wmic /namespace:\\root\microsoftdfs path DfsrConnectionInfo call ...
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Do DFS logs contain folder permission changes?

I have a DFS server sharing files and want to see when an admin gave read/write/full control to a user in a DFS share. Is there any way I can view this? I have checked in C:\Windows\Debug but the log ...
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Is DFS-Replication supported on a VHDX which resides on a CSV?

DFS-Replication is not supported on CSVs but is it supported/acceptable to do DFS-R on a file server whose VHDX resides on a CSV? I haven't been able to find a definitive answer anywhere. We're ...
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Can anybody explain why DFS-Replication is not supported on Cluster Shared Volumes (CSVs)?

Hopefully this question is objective and appropriate for ServerFault... I've read in numerous places that DFS-Replication is not supported on CSVs but have yet to come across any information which ...
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DFS synchronisation over slow internet connection

I am configuring DFS replication on 2 servers connected over a VPN. The VPN is over a ADSL line with 0.06mb upload speed. server1 - 192.168.1.2 server2 - 192.168.2.2 Both servers can see each other ...
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DFS initial replication - not enough storage is available to process this command (target on Synology NAS)

On a Windows 2003 SBS server, I am trying to replicate a share via DFS to a Synology File Server. In the Configure Replication Wizard, the target has a red X across it with the message "Unknown: Not ...
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Does using the same drive letter for DFS replication on Windows Server 2012 R2 cause any known issues?

We're working with consultants on a large DFS replication project and we experienced a significant loss of data during the initial replication. While trying to identify what happened the consultant ...
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Trying Non-Authoritative restore but CN=DFSR-LocalSettings is missing

I have a single Domain with one Windows 2011 SBS Domain Controller and a newly joined and DC promoted Windows Server 2012 Standard. Forest and Domain functional levels are both Windows Server 2003. ...
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DFSR speed Server 2008r2

So, here’s the simple setup: 2 sites, each with their own file server (server standard 2008r2 fully updated) 100MB WAN link at each site 1.7TB shared drive Replication schedule 64Mbps at night and ...
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Is DFSR designed for use for Disaster Recovery?

We are currently working on implementing a DR strategy. Instead of SAN-SAN replication, it has been decided to have 2 live file servers replicating via DFSR. However, I don't know whether or not this ...
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How to audit new files in Windows File Server (DFS)?

I have a Windows Server 2012 R2 box with file server role installed (FSRM, DFS Namespaces, DFSR). One folder from the DFS namespace increased substantially in size in the last two days. The folder has ...
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How to add read-only privileges on DFS Folder for Windows 2003 R2?

I just install a DFS system on different servers. My replication group consists of Windows 2003 R2 and Windows 2008 R2 servers. The replication itself works well. On the Windows 2008 R2 server I can ...
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DFSR Crisis - Need assistance

Here's the scenario: One file server running 2008 R2. All user folders are on here, and we're using folder redirection to redirect desktop, documents, contacts, favourites, etc. We built two new ...
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Windows DFS replication service conflict with other software

I'm trying to find a solution to a DFS problem. Our servers have their own file upload methods, but we've also added FTP for large files and folders management. So how do I get DFS to play nicely with ...
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2-way synchronisation across WAN - DFS, Synology?

our office is soon to get a little sister-office in another location. I'm struggling to understand how for example DFS could help get a proper 2-way-synchronisation done between the two locations - ...
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Sysvol Replication issue

I have read a lot about this recently and must say it is doing my head in. now what I did was 6 months ago we did a upgrade of our infrastructure. We had a 2008 R2 server for domain controller now I ...
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DFS and Replication mesh between 3 servers - How is a local server selected

As an example I have 3 DFS servers all on different sub-nets each with an authoritative initial share on each (\\svr1\accounts, \\svr2\sales, \\svr3\hr). I have enabled replication on all servers (...
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DFSR won't start replicating again after free space increased

I have a situation here where one replicated folder in our DFS namespace stopped replicating because the disk was full. Ok, after 2 days we increased the disk space, but the replication is not working,...
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One DFS Replication Group per Namespace

I'm in the process of implementing a single DFS namespace which will be holding approximately 20 or so Folder Targets. These folders are also going to be replicated to the other servers using DFS-R. ...
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Distributed File System Hotfixes

Quick question. I've been doing some research on Windows Server DFS replication and ran across this article about hot fixes for DFS and DFSR (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/968429/en-us) I'm ...
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Windows Route traffic to specific IP through secondary nic

Being reading about this on ServerFault but decided to open a new question, as I can't re-ask over existing threads. 2 computers, 2 nics: Computer A - 100.100.100.10 - 192.168.100.10 Computer B - ...
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Does DFSR replicate shadow copies?

There a a few questions related to using DFSR and Shadow Copies together, but none that indicates if Shadow Copies replicate or not. Meaning, if I have a a pair of DFS replicas with Shadow Copies on ...
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DFS-R broken after renamed upgraded member server

I had an existing 2-way DFS-R replication topology set up, consisting of two servers, one was Windows 2003 R2 and the other Windows 2008 R2. This was working fine. Last week I upgraded the Win 2003 ...