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DFS Replication: Initial Sync

November 23, 2013

DFSR is used in most Windows Domains but when you have to setup a massive amount of data to sync and you manually transfer the files between the 2 hosts you still have to wait for the DFSR database to catchup and confirm they are both verified in sync.  However in Windows Server 2012 R2 you can export the database, copy it manually between the hosts and import it on the new host. Then it plays final catchup if there were any changes after the export, and confirms them being in sync which removes about 98% of the delay. It’s awesome!

Read the link below for tests demonstrating the massive time savings and also a walk through how to set it up. Makes you seriously consider upgrading to Windows Server 2012 R2 for your DFSR volumes!

http://blogs.technet.com/b/filecab/archive/2013/08/21/dfs-replication-initial-sync-in-windows-server-2012-r2-attack-of-the-clones.aspx

Mark

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