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  • Blog Post: Streamlined Migration of FRS to DFSR SYSVOL

    Hi folks, Ned here again. When telling people about the coming removal of FRS from Windows Server , the main response is usually: “Sure, I have occasional problems with FRS and know that I should upgrade to DFSR, but who has the time for a huge migration? That guide is very intimidating!” I hear you...
  • Blog Post: The End is Nigh (for FRS)

    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 Today I’ll talk about what this means and how to get ready. We want this to be as easy as possible and I welcome any...
  • Blog Post: The Case of the Mysterious Preseeding Conflicts

    Hi folks, Ned Pyle here again. Back at AskDS , I used to write frequently about DFSR behavior and troubleshooting . As DFS Replication has matured and documentation grew, these articles dwindled. Recently though, one of the DFSR developers and I managed to find something undocumented: A DFSR server upgrade...
  • Blog Post: 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.”...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Understanding DFSR Dirty (Unexpected) Shutdown Recovery

    Let me touch on an interesting topic in this blog post: “dirty shutdown” recovery of DFS Replication (DFSR). A TechNet blog post reviewing “What is new in Windows Server 2008” includes a good description of DFS Replication dirty shutdown recovery process. Related system event...
  • Blog Post: 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 –...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • 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: 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: 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...