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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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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Can I use dfsutil to create targets in a replicating share?

I had initially tested a use of DFS Namespace to set up some targets that point to standalone CIFS shares. On a standalone Windows 2012 DFS server this was pretty easy. I created a few folders ...
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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 ...
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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 Replication only works in one direction

SERVER1 - SBS 2011 SERVER2 - Windows Server 2008r2 I'm using DFS-R. Changes work perfectly from 1 to 2 but nothing propagates from 2 to 1. When I attempt to run: dfsrdiag staticrpc /port:5001 ...
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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 ...
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Powershell and DfsrConfigurationFromAD - how to check all servers are updated?

I have two Win2012R2 servers (SERVER1 and SERVER2) that uses DFS Replication for keeping a couple of folders synchronized. Using the following Powershell-script that i run on SERVER1 I disconnect it ...
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DFSR Backlog Stuck on Non-Existent Folders

I have two 2008r2 servers setup in a full-mesh multipurpose replication group. (01 and 02). 01 was the source server. The initial sync just finished last night and there are 2 folders that do not ...
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DFSr detected that a file was changed on multiple servers, but “winning” file and that moved to conflicts folder have same hash

We've just deployed a new DFS replication system between two Windows 2012 R2 servers. We cloned the DFSr database using MS's recommendations ...
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Can we disable DFS on Windows SBS 2011?

The supplier of our customer's ERP system says that their software gets performance problems when running on a server with DFS enabled. I notice that DFS Namespace and DFS Replication is enabled on ...
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Where is the documentation for mixing DFS-R between Windows 2012 and Windows 2012 R2?

First question - is it possible to use DFS-R between an original Windows 2012 server and a newer Windows 2012 R2 server? Second question - R2 introduces many enhancements in DFS-R, one assumes these ...
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DFSR Crashing a Windows 2012 R2 File Cluster and causing temporary SMB Share disconnection

I have a Two Windows 2012 R2 running in as a Windows file cluster. The file cluster works prefect with almost instantaneous fail-over between nodes of the iSCSI Drives and SMB Shares. I also have ...
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Force DFS-R into a dirty state

We use Windows Server 2012 as our file system running DFS-R between our two sites as part of our business continuity systems. Last week, DFS-R failed at one site requiring the file server to be ...
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Is it possible to exclude files and folder that begin with $ from Windows 2008 R2 DFS replica?

If I replicate by DFSR users redirected folders all folders replicated have their own $RECYCLE.BIN directory and inside that directrory files are renamed as $XXXXX.YYY. I don't want to replicate them, ...
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Browsing DFS share keeps moving up a folder

I have a DFS-R namespace with three nodes. Two of the nodes work just fine, but a third node does something very strange. When you are browsing the node through the namespace, when you change into a ...
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DFS Synchronization between truecrypt mounted volumes?

I setup DFS synchronization between two server in my network and it's working fine, But DFS is unable to sync my true-crypt container because of it's mounted every time and in mounted position the ...
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DFS-R - secondary member NTFS permissions

On server1 I have E:\data\ that contains the home folders and shared department folders in it. Everyone has full share rights, then the rights are restricted appropriately through NTFS permissions. ...
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Adding Domain Admins Full access permissions to all files/folders on a drive

I am experiencing some DFSR-related issues where I am seeing quite a few 'access denied' errors as well as having my netbackup jobs skip most folders. I have noticed that when we migrated the users to ...
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DFS Replication failure

We have an active directory server as global catalog and DC, this one has operations master running. We have a second ADDC Global catalog and exchange server. I started getting the message below ...
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Constant DFSR traffic

Last week one of our servers (Server01) hung up. After rebooting, DFS successfully recovered the database, and files are syncing fine. However, ever since then, we've had fairly constant DFS traffic ...
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Does windows DFS (DFSR) resume a partial transfer if a WAN link is lost?

Q: Does windows DFS (DFSR) resume a partial transfer if a WAN link is lost? This seems like an obvious "yes" but, hoping someone here can provide a definitive answer. Background The environment ...
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Network Latency over WAN

Let me take a minute to explain the background of the challenge I am facing. My company has offices in US and Asia. The users work on large CAD files. The office in US has NAS (Network Attached ...
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DFS-R Replicating only one way. Replication on outbound stuck on arrival pending

I have TWO Windows 2012 r2 servers with identical paths and drive names (not on purpose). If I create a folder on server A the folder instantly replicates to server B. However If I create a folder on ...
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No SYSVOL\NETLOGON on 2012 STD DC Server

I have 2 2012 servers. I found out there's no share of neither SYSVOL nor NETLOGON on the BDC. I'm getting many 5002: The DFS Replication service encountered an error communicating with partner ...
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Is there a primary webserver in a NLB scenario?

I help administer a small NLB that points to two Windows Servers running IIS which share a configuration. The sites' flat files are replicated using DFSR. I get the gist of how this all works from ...
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Why is DFS Replication consuming so many resources when there are no replication groups?

I manage a few Windows 2012 servers, which, between them all, host millions of small files. I have DFS namespaces set up and tried to get DFS replication working as well. DFS replication didn't seem ...
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DFSR not replicating

I have a replication group with two 2k8r2 servers as partners in a master<->master replication (so, both sides are always in sync and can update each other). This group is replicating two folders ...
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Should I setup DFS Namespaces on each file/web server or on the domain controller?

I have a primary and alternate multiple domain controllers setup in a Amazon VPC and multiple web servers setup that I want to share content and configuration. Should I use the domain controller as ...
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Windows Server 2012 Branchcache vs. DFS-R

Warning, subjective question ahead! But hopefully a good one that won't get closed. SCENARIO: I have a branch office that currently has no on-premise server. They access everything including a DC ...
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Is there any reason for me to to setup a DFS Namespace and shares if I want to use DFS-R to keep 2 folders in sync?

I am using DFS-R to keep 2 folders in sync. If I do not need a single share path for these folders, is there any reason or advantage for me to setup a DFS Namespace as well?
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Server 2012 DFS Replication throttling values

Is there any way, via registry edit or something, to throttle the replication throughput by values other than what is listed in the drop-down menu? I would particularly like a 10Mbps or 12Mbps option. ...
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DFS Replication complaining about being disconnected, but there is only one DC

I'm seeing this error in my event log on my (only) domain controller: The DFS Replication service stopped replication on the folder with the following local path: C:\Windows\SYSVOL\domain. This ...
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How to “seed” a DFS replication that is already on-going

There are many tutorials online that explain how to pre-seed a brand new replication set-up. But is there a proper way to "speed up" an existing replication without taking it down? We have an ...
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Replication of files between a windows server and a NAS

I am planning some improvements to my server infrastructure and I have encountered a potential problem. I currently use dfs replication to sync files between 3 windows servers at 3 different sites. ...
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Network Load Balancing cluster for DFSR hub servers?

I have one DFSR hub server with about 80 connections to 80 remote offices. I want to add another hub server for load balancing and redundancy, but I don't want to split the connections between the ...
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DFS-R: how to offline re-sync, large amount of data deleted

We have 2 branch offices with local file servers synced to our central office and file server via DFS-R. Mostly data is copied from the central fileserver to both branch offices, but the sync is both ...
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How does DFS-R compression algorithm compare with 7-zip?

We need to regularly transfer large (60GB) Hyper-V virtual machines images around our WAN (UK to USA) over 50Mbps leased lines. We also use DFS-R between the sites. Historically, I've used 7-zip to ...
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DFS Replication encounters two errors - Not enough space and rpc server error

I've recently installed the DFSR service on my DC1 and DC2. Both connected via IPVPN. Configured it as needed, but there are two problems. Something in the replication is not going as it should be, ...
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Alternative to DFS-R on Amazon EC2 Windows Servers

For hosting our web sites in a Windows load-balanced environment we've traditionally used DFSR to sync folders between servers with our hosting company. We're looking to migrate a lot of our sites to ...
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Microsoft DFSR: VersionVectorTombstone backlogged for some DFSR Spokes

When have a dfsr hub and spoke setup for a replicated folder. The permissions were set on the folder so no end users could modify the contents. To my surprise, when running a health report on the ...
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windows 7 domain roaming profiles - can i set it up so that only differences are synced with local copy?

I have read answers regarding roaming profiles that recommend using folder redirection (like Profile Roaming, to make not to copy all the files to the local PC). I don't want the profile dirs to be ...
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DFS Linking to a target folder within another target folder

Windows Server 2012 - Attempting to setup a file server using DFS I have the following scenario Namespace \\domain\resources Folder Files (has no target) \\domain\resources\files Folder (these ...