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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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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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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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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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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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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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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DFSR files appearing on destination before they finish replicating

We have a DFS environment. If we have a 100MB file for example that we put in the DFS share, it will appear very quickly on the destination server at another site even though with the bandwidth ...
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Replicate the same source folder to multiple end points, with a different schedule for each end point

I'm trying to make a set of folders (about 8 gig) that get updated monthly to replicate out to nine branch locations. They are connected via VPN back to head office with 1.5Mbit aDSL links. I've got ...
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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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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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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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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 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 (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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Does DFS-R actually write 100%+change to a file on the receiving server(s)?

I am analyzing DFS-R on Windows 2003 R2 and have come across a horrendous thing. It appears that when you append a small amount of data to a large (existing) file, the write cost on the server for ...
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ASP.NET, reaching the limits of DFSR, and file storage sharding

We run a popular web app, and our backend file storage exists on a file server, replicated to another file server for failover with DFSR. We are reaching the theoretical limits of DFSR, and therefore ...
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DFS-R - Set server as master

I would like to set up a 2 server DFS-R for web content. The website is a Learning Management System that holds a few TB of videos and documents. The front end of the website is a Windows Load Balance ...
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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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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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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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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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Windows DFS-R conflict handling between multiple locations

i´m experimenting with the DFS-Replication possibilities in Windows Server 2008 R2. Basic structure is this TestOffice 1 - Fileserver TestOffice 2 - Fileserver Central server location - Fileserver ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 Server 2008 R2 DFSR Backlog Troubleshooting - Where to look for the cause of the problem?

Windows Server 2008 R2 DFS Backlog Troubleshooting dfsrdiag indicates our target server has hundreds of thousands of backlogged transactions. Our authoritative source server indicates it has no ...
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Is it okay to take ownership of dfsrprivate folder?

New Windows 2012 file server using DFS-R: which is working fine. The diagnositics report shows pre-existing files exist which I'd like to delete as they are wasting a bit of space. Previously on ...
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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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Cannot disable DFS Refferal

I have 2 Windows 2008R2 Servers that both have DFS-R roles installed and are exact replicas of each other and Replicate all of the same data. This is working fine and DFS Refers and load balances ...