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  • Blog Post: Why is my staging folder so big?

    Some customers might look at their staging folders with several GB, and wonder if this is normal. I guess normal depends on how many GBs is several GBs, and how big you configured your staging folders to be :) You may have a few GB in your staging folder even with nothing backlogged. The reason is, staging...
  • Blog Post: New DFS case studies

    With R2 launching, we have a number of new case studies on Microsoft.com that highlight how customers use DFS Namespaces and DFS Replication, as well as other technologies, in Windows Server 2003 R2. Check them out! --Jill
  • Blog Post: Importing the DFS Replication Management Pack

    My previous post explained how to install the DFS Replication management pack on the management server. The next step is to import the management pack using the Operations Manager console. This post explains how to import the management pack. Before you import the DFS Replication management pack...
  • Blog Post: An FRS customer asks about managing staging folders

    A customer migrating from FRS to DFS Replication recently asked our DFS Replication PM, Shobana Balakrishnan, the following question: For FRS we are using one logical drive (the S: drive) for all FRS replicas on the server. The S: drive is 50 GB, which should be large enough to manage the 300+ GB...
  • Blog Post: DFS hotfix list updated

    We've updated our Current Hotfixes for DFS Replication and DFS Namespaces page with a new hotfix for DFSR and new column to describe where each hotfix is available. We do keep this page as up-to-date as possible so check back periodically for new updates. --Jill
  • Blog Post: Branch Office Infrastructure Solution (BOIS) updated for R2

    The updated version of the BOIS was released in early February. This new version includes the new DFS-related features in R2 (DFS Replication and DFS Namespaces). --Jill
  • Blog Post: How to set a static port for DFS Replication traffic

    It’s easy: use the dfsrdiag staticRPC command. You can verify the static RPC port change by using the dfsrdiag dumpmachinecfg command. (Note: the default value of the StaticRPC parameter is 0. This indicates a dynamic port assignment.) Will this setting last across reboots? You bet. According to DFS...
  • Blog Post: DFS Replication Management Pack for Operations Manager 2007 is available

    The DFS Replication Management Pack for System Center Operations Manager 2007 is now available for download. Download the DFS Replication Management Pack File Name: DFS Replication Management Pack for Operations Manager 2007.msi Version: 6.0.6321.0 Date Published: 10/19/2009 Language: English  ...
  • Blog Post: Can’t generate a DFS Replication diagnostic report? Check your Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration settings

    This came up in the DFS_FRS newsgroup recently. A customer reported that the health report showed “Report Loading, Please wait...” but never generated. Here are the instructions for fixing this. 1. Go to Add / Remove Programs > Add / Remove Windows Components. 2. Find Internet Explorer Enhanced...
  • Blog Post: Read-only replicated folders on Windows Server 2008 R2

    In this article, let’s examine the read-only replicated folders feature introduced in Windows Server 2008 R2. Why deploy read-only replicated folders? Consider the following scenario. Contoso Corporation has a replication infrastructure similar to that depicted in the diagram below. Reports are...
  • Blog Post: Routing DFS Replication traffic to a private network

    Several customers have asked us recently whether DFS Replication traffic can be routed through a private network on multi-homed servers. Although DFS Replication does not provide any configuration options for this, one of our DFS Replication gurus, Richard Chinn, suggests using static IP addresses and...
  • Blog Post: 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 “V-8 Interceptor ”Pyle
  • Blog Post: Details on ReadFRS.vbs

    Here is the sample VB code to migrate FRS configuration to DFSRadmin commands (from ReadFRS.vbs mentioned in the webcast). The script migrates settings from FRS to DFSR - a one-to-one mapping between FRS replica sets and DFS Replication replication groups. All memberships are disabled. After verifying...
  • Blog Post: Installing DFS Replication on Windows Server 2008

    This article explains how to install the DFS Replication Service on various flavors/editions of Windows Server 2008. It also explains how to install the DFS Replication service on Windows Server 2008 Core editions. First, let’s take a quick look at which editions of Windows Server 2008 ship the DFS Replication...
  • Blog Post: Everything you ever wanted to know about Remote Differential Compression...

    Our RDC experts just published a technical whitepaper on RDC. Check out Optimizing File Replication over Limited-Bandwidth Networks using Remote Differential Compression by Dan Teodosiu, Nikolaj Bjorner, Joe Porkka, Mark Manasse, and Y. Gurevich. Abstract is below; there will be a quiz later :-) ...
  • Blog Post: Installing the DFS Replication Management Pack

    In this blog post, let us explore how to install the DFS Replication Management Pack. System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 is the latest release of the Operations Manager product. Check out this product comparison page for a quick overview of the new features in the SCOM 2007 R2 release. The DFS...
  • Blog Post: Using DFS Replication to replicate the root of the volume

    On several occasions we've seen customers enable DFS Replication on the root of a volume, such as C:\. Although DFS Replication supports configuring a volume root as the local path of a replicated folder, we don’t recommend this configuration for the following reasons: DFS Replication replicates...
  • Blog Post: Bare metal restore process for DFS Replication

    A customer recently asked about how to restore DFS Replication replicated folders after a bare metal restore. Shobana Balakrishnan provided the following answer: DFS Replication does not depend on the cached configuration (xml files) and obtains its configuration from Active Directory. If you have...
  • Blog Post: Using NTFS compression and DFS Replication together

    A customer recently asked whether he can use NTFS compression on volumes or folders where replicated files are stored. The answer is yes, you can compress replicated content using NTFS compression, but we recommend against using NTFS compression on the Jet database for reasons described in KB article...
  • Blog Post: 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,...
  • Blog Post: What You've Been Waiting For: ReadFRS.vbs!

    Recently Shobana Balakrishnan, our DFS Replication program manager, hosted a webcast to discuss migrating FRS replica sets to DFS Replication in Windows Server 2003 R2. In this webcast she describes a script (ReadFRS.vbs) that can be used to migrate FRS configuration settings. Lots of people have asked...
  • Blog Post: “Troubleshooting” huge bandwidth savings in DFS Replication

    A blog reader recently contacted us about his DFS Replication deployment and asked why the health reports show surprisingly large bandwidth savings on a relatively small replicated folder. The customer writes, “I have noticed a great savings in bandwidth, but I have also noticed that every day the service...
  • Blog Post: How does DFSR function on Read Only Domain Controllers?

    In Windows Server 2008, the DFS Replication service can be used for replication of the SYSVOL share between domain controllers operating in the Windows Server 2008 domain functional level. The DFS Replication service supports replication of the contents of SYSVOL share between Read Only Domain Controllers...
  • Blog Post: Optional configuration for the DFS Replication Management Pack

    My previous blog post explained how to configure the DFS Replication management pack . The backlog monitoring feature of the management pack is disabled by default and requires some additional configuration. This blog post explains how to enable backlog monitoring using the DFS Replication management...
  • Blog Post: Channel 9 Video on DFS in R2

    Our very own Shobana Balakrishnan, a program manager on our Windows Longhorn Server team, takes you through the server roadmap and demonstrates Windows Server 2003 R2. Think you know everything about Windows Server? You might be surprised by the innovations this team has shipped and is planning on shipping...