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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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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Is Branch Cache worth considering as a replacement for DFS-R

We have a small stub office that currently has a single server 2003 domain controller, and a DFS-R copy of the file store held at our main office. We probably replicate about 100Gb of data, I would ...
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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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How is Distributed File System Replication (DFSR) related to Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS)?

I've heard these two technologies used interchangeably to describe replicating data from one location to another. I understand what each technology is, but I'm unsure of how they relate to each other. ...
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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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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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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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File Replication to Branch Offices

We're currently using DFSR in Server 2008 to replicate from our head office to 3 branch offices across VPN links. This way we have a local copy of all the companies files in each site, for quick ...
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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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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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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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How to enable DFSR between Windows Server 2008 servers that aren't part of a domain?

I'm configuring two server as IIS web servers on Windows Server 2008 in load balancing mode. I want to enable DFS replication for synchronizing web content files and IIS configuration data (via IIS 7 ...
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DFS-R Event ID 4412 The DFS Replication service detected that a file was changed on multiple servers

To prepare DFS replication, we used robocopy /DATSOU... to copy the contents of a shared folder (~170G) to another server. After that, a DFS replication group was configured with the two folders. ...
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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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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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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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Server 2008 DFS Replication Issues

I have two domain controllers on my network, win2k8dc1 and win2k8dc2. I am running into event log errors that DFS replication is not able to communicate with the replication partner. This event is ...
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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 replication: One replication group per share or a single replication group for all shares

I am currently migrating from a Windows Server 2003 R2 Standard to a Windows Server 2008 file server. I want to do a "soft" migration by using dfs replication. Now I am wondering what is the best ...
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DFS “clobering” files

We have DFS setup using the DFS Management Administrator Tool. I turned on replication in the Distributed File System Administrator Tool as well and this morning we lost tons of files from that share. ...
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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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Active Directory DNS, preferred IPs, and multiple NICs

I am a noob with Active Directory, and I know just enough to have gotten our current setup running fine. We run a web farm with several web servers connecting to a file server for content storage. ...
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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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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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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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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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Is it possible to extend the Active Directory schema in a Windows 2003 DC (NOT R2) to support DFSR?

We're in the process of installing a brand new Windows Server 2008 Web cluster and we would like to synchronize some files between the servers. The problem is that the DC in the domain is an old ...
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Is there a way to replicate a very large file shares in real-time?

I have an hourly cron job that copies about 40GB of data from a source folder into a new folder with the hour appended on the end. When it's done, the job prunes anything older than 24 hours. This ...
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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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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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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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Distributed File System Replication (DFSR) between Server 2008 & Server 2008 R2 over Gateway to Gateway VPN causing extreme network latency

The company I work for is in the process of setting up a branch office for one of our clients. We have 1.5 Mbps up/down T1s at each location, a Cisco RV042 router at each location hosting a Gateway ...
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DFSR - What happens when one server gets maxed out?

What happens when one server in a DFSR pool maxes out its disk space? I am at the very beginning of my research in DFS/R and this struck me. I plan on implementing this on one server with RAID1 ...
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SYSVOL replication over DFS-R

When we migrate our production DCs to Server 2008 I would also like to move away from FSR to DFS-R for SYSVOL replication. My problem is that I setup a quick lab to test it out but it's not going as ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 standalone replication

I'm attempting to set up DFS Standalone replication for the static content of a group of 2008 r2 web servers, without getting the Domain Controller involved. I've created a namespace on one computer ...
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Strange path in sysvol replication

On our 2008 R2 domain, I have a strange entry in the list of folder replica. \\?\C:\Windows\SYSVOL\domain dc1 Enabled SYSVOL Share C:\Windows\SYSVOL\domain dc2 Enabled ...
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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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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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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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Can I use dis-similar HW for Win2008r2 DFS-R

The setup: Windows 2008R2 Ent on two machines. The roles on each server will include File Servers and DC's. The machines come from two different vendors (Dell/HP) The Dell is an Athlon and the HP ...
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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. ...