Replacing DFSR Member Hardware or OS (Part 1: Planning)

Hello folks, Ned here again to kick off a new five-part series on DFSR. With the release of Windows Server 2008 R2, the warming of economies, and the timing of hardware leases, we have started seeing more questions around replacing servers within existing DFSR Replication Groups. Through the series I will discuss the various options… Read more

The Case for Migrating SYSVOL to DFSR

Hello folks, Ned here again. Recently I was asked to provide a technical assessment of the risks of continuing to use the File Replication Service (FRS) and the benefits of migrating to DFSR, all regarding SYSVOL on domain controllers. I thought I’d find a decent set of documentation on TechNet, polish it up and send… Read more

FRS to DFSR migration guide published

Hi all, Ned here. A new Technet operations guide has been published that walks you through how to migrate from FRS to DFSR for non-SYSVOL folders running on Windows Server 2003 R2 and Windows 2008: DFS Operations Guide: Migrating from FRS to DFS Replication We (Mike Stephens and I) are also working on a… Read more

Important DFSR SYSVOL migration KB’s you should be reading

Ned here (back from vacation, so don’t worry – I’m getting to comments and emails as quickly as I can). If you are planning on doing a DFSR SYSVOL migration, please make sure you give the following KB’s a thorough read before starting: SYSVOL migration to DFSR unnecessarily replicates or conflicts files in Windows Server 2008… Read more

DFSRMIG and the Connection Gremlin

Ned here again. I recently came across a peculiar SYSVOL migration behavior with DFSR, and I thought I’d fill you in so you don’t chase your tail on this someday. The Scenario You can migrate Windows Server 2008 SYSVOL share from using legacy FRS to DFSR. You begin the migration by replacing or upgrading your… Read more

SYSVOL migration from FRS to DFSR – Whitepaper Released

Ned here. It’s done, it’s out, come get it, stop yelling at me! 🙂 SYSVOL Replication Migration Guide: FRS to DFS Replication (TechNet Version)SYSVOL Replication Migration Guide: FRS to DFS Replication (Word Doc Version) Be sure to also run through some of these (possibly) useful accompanying pieces: Verifying File Replication during the Windows Server 2008… Read more