Is there a way to force DFS replication to happen? I've added another share to an existing DFS link, and it's 24 hours later, and the 2 folders are not in sync! The newly added share has only about 30% of the files there.

I could have manually copied the data to the two servers shares in 10 minutes, but i didn't want to risk messing up anyones permissions.

This is a touch worrying for me here, as the backups will be incomplete


Check the event log to ensure that DFS isn't complaining about anything. The most common one is that it encountered a file larger than its staging space, and stopped replication.

If this is the case you'll need to increase the staging space, or snipe the file out of the share to things can continue.

Just a word of caution - Don't manually copy files from one folder to another if they're both supposed to be replicating with DFS. It'll get in a big tizzy if you try and manually override it.

  • Thanks for this! I can't believe I've left this question open for so long! IIRC, DFS was spewing all kinds of madness into the logs - It was easier to rip it out and start again. Worked like a charm tho' – Mister IT Guru Dec 7 '12 at 14:47

Try advertising the replication group to the domain. It's done under DFS management, and it is under Replications groups.

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