To seed or not to seed

In the newsgroup for DPM, someone asked about seeding the DPM server:

"Does anyone have any good information on how to seed the DPM server with protected servers data?"

"Did he really mean seed?" I wondered. Then one of our program managers replied in the thread, also using seed, so yep, it must be the right term. Probably one I should know myself. Out goes the email, and our program manager nicely explains to me:

"Seeding the replica" just means creating a baseline version of the replica, either using Initial Replication or Media Load. It is a typical term that industry uses in the context of setting up replica sets.

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