Five Common Causes of “Waiting for the DFS Replication service to retrieve replication settings from Active Directory”

Ned here again. When setting up Distributed File System Replication (DFSR) on Windows Server 2003 R2 and Windows Server 2008, it’s fairly common to hear the following from a customer: “I setup DFSR a few hours ago, but it does not seem to be configured on all the servers” “I ran the DFSR Diagnostic health… Read more

What are the Schema Extension Requirements for running Windows Server 2008 DFSR?

Ned here again. With the release of Windows Server 2008, a number of customers have asked us whether or not they need to extend the Active Directory schema in order to use the new version of Distributed File System Replication (DFSR). The answer is, of course: it depends. 🙂 There are a few DFSR scenarios… Read more

Verifying File Replication during the Windows Server 2008 DFSR SYSVOL Migration – Down and Dirty Style

Hi, Ned here again. You’ve probably already started reading about how Windows Server 2008 now supports using Distributed File System Replication (DFSR) technology to synchronize SYSVOL. This means that the legacy File Replication Service (FRS) is no longer necessary and all the DFSR advantages for reliability, scalability, and performance can be realized. As with any… Read more

Get out and push! Getting the most out of DFSR pre-staging

Hi, Ned here again. Today I am going to explain the inner workings of DFSR pre-staging in Windows Server 2003 R2, debunk some myths, and hand out some best practices. Let’s get started. To begin, this is the last time I will say ‘pre-staging’. While the term is commonly used, it’s a bit confusing once… Read more

Customizing file compression in DFSR on Windows Server 2008 (no, not RDC)

Hi, Ned here. If you’re a regular reader of the Filing Cabinet, you’ve probably already read about all the new features for DFS Replication (DFSR) added in Windows Server 2008. If not, trot on over here and drink your fill. Just to summarize some of these cool new features: Windows Server 2003 R2   Windows… Read more

New DFSR Data Restoration Script

Hi, Ned here. Just a quick heads up – there is a new DFSR data recovery script posted below. This allows you to restore data from the ConflictAndDeleted or PreExisting folders within DFSR, primarily during disaster recovery. As always, we prefer you use your backup system to do this, as the script is 'at your own… Read more

Top 10 Common Causes of Slow Replication with DFSR

Hi, Ned again. Today I’d like to talk about troubleshooting DFS Replication (i.e. the DFSR service included with Windows Server 2003 R2, not to be confused with the File Replication Service). Specifically, I’ll cover the most common causes of slow replication and what you can do about them. Update: Make sure you also read this… Read more

Where’s my file? Root cause analysis of FRS and DFSR data deletion

Hi, Ned here. In the Directory Services support space here at Microsoft, we are often contacted by customers for disaster recovery scenarios. We’re also brought in for deeper forensic analysis of what lead to a problem. Today we’re going to talk about a situation that covers both: A customer has seen some critical data go… Read more