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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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 ...
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“Virtual recycle bin” for DFS?

Does anyone know any way to have a "virtual recycle bin" for a server that makes DFS? I've been googling and not get anything straight. At my company we do daily incremental backups of everything, ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Issues with Server 2012 using DFSR running on Hyper-V 2012

We have a number of Server 2012 systems, all of which run virtualised on Hyper-V 2012 server. We are having problems with two such virtual instances, both of which are used as file servers, whereby ...
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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 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 - Stop sync of large folder that has since been removed

We have a site to site DFSR on Windows Server 2008 R2 that has been running perfectly between site A to site B until someone dumped a 20GB folder. This has overwhelmed the upload and make the internet ...
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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 ...
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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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Replicating EFS encrypted files

Recently I attempted to configure Microsoft's DFSR on Windows 2008 R2 to replicate a folder which was encrypted with EFS. The setup gave no errors or warnings, but later I read that DFSR does not ...
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Active DFS node did not restore after failure

On Tuesday we had a Server 2008 R2 DFS-R node go offline unexpectedly. DFS did the right thing and started routing requests to a different node, which was in a remote site. This is by design, because ...
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DFS-R (2008 and R2) 2 node server cluster, all file writes end in conflictAndDeleted

Both servers in a 2 server cluster are reporting event 4412 20,000 times per day. If I sit in the conflictAndDetected folder I can observe files appearing and disappearing. Users report that their ...
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DFS trying to replicate back to source folder?

I'm not very familiar with how DFS works, and since someone else administers the servers in question I don't know what the DFS setup looks like. I'm just wondering if something is possible. ...
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How can I check that DFS is replicating correctly? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: compare the contents of two folders that are replicating by dfs We use DFS to replicate files to a Disaster Recovery server. We have a task where we check the DR ...
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compare the contents of two folders that are replicating by dfs

I have a large folder that I am replicating by dfs and I want to check that all files have been replicated correctly. Currently I am running the following script at both ends. cd e:\data\shared\ dir ...
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Weird Active Directory behavior after ADMT migration

We have multiple sites with multiple DC's. Since performing the migrations we have been experiencing all sorts of problems with DFSR etc. We have multiple objects in the AD .. DCNAME ...
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Can't find wdfsrres.dll on Windows 2003 R2 disk 2?

I am trying to install DFS replication on Windows 2003 R2 which asks for the Windows 2003 R2 disk 2 but can not find wdfsrres.dll on there. Where can I get it?
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Linux and Window DFS shares - restoring previous versions of files/folders

I know I can mount DFS shares on my Linux boxes with no issues, but is there a method by which I can access/restore previous versions of folders/files from these DFS shares? Thanks
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How to monitor DFSR backlog more efficiently than dfsrdiag

Is there a way to monitor the DFSR backlog in a manner more efficient than using dfsrdiag.exe backlog? I wrote a program that just slurps in the backlog count via dfsrdiag.exe backlog /smem:alpha ...
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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: Break large replication group into multiple smaller replication groups?

Is there a way to break a very large replication group into smaller replication groups while avoiding a huge backlog while it re-syncs or verifies the files in each smaller replication group? I have ...
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Windows DFSR - Changed replicated directory permissions and now have a 350,000 backlog for more than a week

Question: Is there a way to make this 350,000 file backlog complete faster? For nearly every file the only change was a change to the ACL for each affected file. Some files have changed content, ...
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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 ...