Understanding DFSR Debug Logging (Part 1: Logging Levels, Log Format, GUID’s)

Ned here again. Today begins a 21-part series on using the DFSR debug logs to further your understanding of Distributed File System Replication. While there are specific troubleshooting scenarios that will be covered, the most important part of understanding any products logging is making sure you are comfortable with it before you have errors. That… Read more

Understanding (the Lack of) Distributed File Locking in DFSR

Ned here again. Today’s post is probably going to generate some interesting comments. I’m going to discuss the absence of a multi-host distributed file locking mechanism within Windows, and specifically within folders replicated by DFSR. Some Background Distributed File Locking – this refers to the concept of having multiple copies of a file on several… Read more

Windows Server 2008 R2 DFSR Features

Ned here again. The cat is out of the bag now and we’re a little more free to talk about DFSR features that are planned (not guaranteed – planned) to release with Windows Server 2008 R2. Our friends at the File Cabinet blog have posted an excellent writeup – definitely worth a look: DFS Replication:… Read more

Understanding the behavior differences of SYSVOL replication in Windows Server 2008 RODCs

Hi, Ned here again. Are you tired of me blogging about DFSR and FRS yet? If so, stop reading. 🙂 Today I am going to describe the architectural differences of SYSVOL replication on Read-Only Domain Controllers in Windows Server 2008 – FRS versus DFSR. This makes another good case for taking the effort of getting… Read more

DFSR SYSVOL Migration FAQ: Useful trivia that may save your follicles

Hi, Ned here again. Today I’m going to go through some well-hidden information on DFSR SYSVOL migration; hopefully this sticks in your brain and someday allows you to enjoy your weekend rather than spending it fighting issues. As you already know, Windows Server 2008 introduced the ability to use Distributed File System Replication (DFSR) to… Read more

Understanding File Date/Time behavior in DFSR Replication (and better ways of knowing that a file has replicated)

Hi, Ned here again. Mike’s snarky comments notwithstanding, today I am going to talk about how DFSR does and does not replicate file time/date information. I’m also going to give you some advice on examining files to see if they have truly been replicated. Throughout this posting I will be saying ‘file time’, and this… Read more

One stop shopping for DFSR and DFSN recommended hotfixes

Hi, Ned here again. We have put up a new(ish) KB article that will allow you to always see the latest recommended hotfixes for DFSR and DFSN. I also updated the ever popular ‘Top 10 Common Causes of Slow Replication with DFSR‘ blog post to reflect this, and I hope you make this a favorite going… Read more

DFSR Does Not Replicate Temporary Files

Note that this post has been added to the TechNet Wiki to allow for community editing. If you notice that DFS Replication (DFSR) is not replicating certain files, one simple reason is that the temporary attribute is set on them. By design, DFSR does not replicate files if they have the temporary attribute set on them, and… Read more

What is the purpose of the ‘Deleted’ folder in DFSR?

Hi, Ned again – and surprisingly, talking about DFSR! From time to time a customer will ask us about the Deleted folder in a Distributed File System Replication (DFSR) content set. It never seems to have anything in it. Not to mention we have a folder called ConflictAndDeleted and there definitely are deleted files in… Read more