DFSR Cloning: Attribute Recompute Causes Redistribute, Requiring Troubleshoot

Hi folks, Ned here again. We created DFSR Cloning in Windows Server 2012 R2 to make initial synchronization faster. Today I talk about file attributes, how they sneak inefficiency into your cloning process, and what can you do about them. Let’s get to it. Attributes, DFSR, and Cloning Attributes are simply metadata on files and… Read more

The End is Nigh (for FRS) – updated for WS2016

Hi folks, Ned here again. At TechEd, I officially announced the end of the File Replication Service. For those that missed the event, I repeat: We are removing FRS from Windows Server Update June 20, 2017: It is done; Windows Server 2016 RS1 is the last version that will allow FRS – RS3 no longer… Read more

Using DFS Replication Clone Feature to prepare 100TB of data in 3 days (A Test Perspective)

I’m Tsan Zheng, a Senior Test Lead on the DFS team. If you’ve used DFSR (DFS Replication), you’re probably aware that the largest amount of data that we had tested replication with until recently was 10 TB. A few years ago, that was a lot of data, but now, not so much. In this post,… Read more

Going to TechEd Australia?

If so, I’ll see you there for my two sessions. DFSR has been hitting the gym SMB 3 is the answer There are still a few days left to register if you live upside down. Based on the available evidence, all the attendees should look something like this: Come by and say hi! – Ned… Read more

DFS Replication in Windows Server 2012 R2: Restoring Conflicted, Deleted and PreExisting files with Windows PowerShell

Hi folks, Ned here again. Today I talk about a new feature in Windows Server 2012 R2 DFSR, restoring preserved files. DFSR has had conflict, deletion, and preexisting file handling since its release, but until now, we required out of band tools to recover those files. Those days are done: we now have Get-DfsrPreservedFiles and… Read more

DFS Replication Initial Sync in Windows Server 2012 R2: Attack of the Clones

Hi folks, Ned here again. By now, you know that DFS Replication has some major new features in Windows Server 2012 R2. Today I talk about one of the most radical: DFSR database cloning. Prepare for a long post, this has a walkthrough… The old ways are not always the best DFSR – or any… Read more

DFS Replication in Windows Server 2012 R2: If You Only Knew the Power of the Dark Shell

Hi folks, Ned here again. By now, you know that DFS Replication has some major new features in Windows Server 2012 R2. Today we dig into the most comprehensive new feature, DFSR Windows PowerShell. Yes, your thoughts betray you “IT pros have strong feelings about Windows PowerShell, but if they can be turned, they’d be… Read more

DFS Replication in Windows Server 2012 R2: Revenge of the Sync

This post is a part of the nine-part “What’s New in Windows Server & System Center 2012 R2” series that is featured on Brad Anderson’s In the Cloud blog.  Today’s blog post covers DFSR and how it applies to the larger topic of “Transform the Datacenter.”  To read that post and see the other technologies… Read more

Safely Virtualizing DFSR

Hi folks, Ned here again. With the massive growth of virtualization, odds are you want to safely and reliably run Distributed File System Replication on Hyper-V, Xen, KVM, or VMware – heck, you may already be doing so. With that in mind, I am here today to save your job! OK that might overstating things;… Read more

DFSR Reparse Point Support (or: Avoiding Schrödinger’s File)

Hi folks, Ned Pyle here again. We are occasionally asked which reparse points DFS Replication can handle, and if we can add more. Today I explain DFSR behaviors and why simply adding reparse point support isn’t cut and dry. Background A reparse point is user-defined data understood by an application. Reparse points are stored with… Read more