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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Windows 2008 DFS Replication Issue

We have two Server 2008 R2 servers running DFS-R (named dfs01 and dfs02) in a 2008 R2 Domain. Today I found the files in server dfs01 can not be replicated to dfs02. So I used the command dfsrdiag ...
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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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Windows 2008 DFS issue - files dissapear

I have farm with 3 servers: 2 web and 1 DB. All servers are identical Windows 2008 R2 fresh installation. 2 servers running IIS7 websites and connect 3rd server as a back end DB. IIS servers running ...
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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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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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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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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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DFS 2008 (Distributed File System) Console Error

I am trying to configure DFS with replication for my employer. We are primarily using Windows 2008 and 2008 R2 servers. I'm getting an error in my DFS Management Console. It is saying "ERROR ...
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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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Does DFSR include RDC on Windows Server 2008?

I had installed DFSR (DFS replication) on two servers, but recently noticed that there is a separate RDC (Remote Differential Compression) feature in Server Manager, which was not installed. DFSR ...
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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-R alternatives?

I was wondering what alternatives to DFS-R are out there on windows machines for real-time bidirectional file & folder replication? DFS-R requires active directory and a domain controller which I ...
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GLUSTERFS or DFSR

Been reading (here) and other about GLUSTERFS. Anyone have first hand experience going with DFSR vs. GLUSTERFS or switching between the two? DFSR = Microsoft's Distrubted File System Replication or ...
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DFSR File Filters on Server 2008 R2

I've got a serverfarm which utilizes DFSR for file and folder replication. I'm familiar with File and Folder Filters on the replicated folders for the group. I'm curious if these can be set per ...
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DFS-R or WAFS for Syncing 1TB Files between remote sites

We have 1TB of files that we wish to keep in sync between three locations. This data consists of around 1.5 Million files which grows/changes at an average of 100MB/day. The first location is a ...
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MSSQL Datafile on DFSR

I have 2 Storage Server use DFS-R to sync the content. MSSQL Server using UNC path the connect to the DFS-R namespace for datafiles. Now the problem is MSSQL with lock the datafile while server is ...
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Is it possible to setup DFS without active directory

Is it possible to create a distributed file system without active directory? We have 3 servers to replicate files across. A will be the primary and B & C need to have a copy of the same files. ...
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Failure to replicate SYSVOL on domain join

I cant seem to get the SYSVOL folder to replicate. Once joined my Event Log spits out the following. The DFS Replication service initialized SYSVOL at local path C:\Windows\SYSVOL\domain and is ...
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Undocumented value in DfsrIdRecordInfo class

According to MSDN (http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/bb540013(v=vs.85).aspx) these are the only possible values of the "flags" attribute of the DfsrIdRecordInfo wmi class: ...
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Using Domain Controller from Azure VM

I have setup a couple or Windows 2012 instances on Azure VM. I am trying to configure DFS-R, which requires the instances to be members of a domain. I signed up for Azure Active Directory, which ...
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Change DFS Replication scheduled time?

Is it possible to change the scheduled time for DFS replication between replication partners on Windows Server 2008? We have a backup that runs hourly and interferes with the replication. I then get ...
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Rebooting a DFS Server

Server A and B have DFS-R. If I want to reboot Server B and all clients connect to server A, do I need to disable folder targets for Server B still?
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what happens to dfs when the domain controller is offline?

Windows Server 2008 R2 DFS Replication across two locations If the domain controller is offline what happens? Are users still able to access the DFS namespace? Does replication still occur?
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Windows workstations go offline when one Domain Controller restarts

We run a small wired LAN with 3 DCs (W2k8) and about 25 workstations (most of which are XP SP3, some are 7 SP1.) People use roaming profiles with folder redirection for Desktop & My Documents, ...
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File server failed. DFS with and without replication in use. Questions on getting back to normal operation

I have an oldish (physical) Windows Server 2003 R2 box, which is a file/print server. I suspect the RAID card has gone bye-bye, after a reboot Windows is checking the data volume, its been 1.5 hours ...
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DFS target selection/ordering

I have a DFS folder with two targets. The first to the primary file server and the second to a slow emergency backup file server to be used only in the event of a failure of the primary. There is ...
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DFS Replication, Users HOME folder - seems not to catch all files… any hints?

I amm moving stuff out of a file Server. I am using DFS for that - the Folders are anyway in a DFS tree, so I can set up a replication temporarily, then drop the old Folder. Works nice, EXCEPT for the ...