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  • Hi,

    We currently have set up DFS Replication and a common namespace between two Servers running 2008 R2 on diferent sites connected with a Site-to-Site VPN Connection. All is working fine !!

    We are currently planning to set up a new site overseas to host the same namespace with DFS Service to assure max uptime on our filesystem for our users. We need to sync 3 segments/folders with all together approx 500-600GB of data, mainly small textfiles.

    When we set up the first two sites we could not find an easier way but to start the sync service to copy the files to the other server. If we copied the files first and then started the replication, files where not recognized/flaggede properly and were moved into temp/restore folder before the sync started with file nr 1...and so on.

    Is there a way to just copy the files from DFS and over into a new server/hardware, and then start sync when hardware is moved to its respectable destination/site making the the sync to just sync the changes (incremental) done to the namespace after copying them?

    The sync takes to long (main reason) and eats resources from the existing DFS Service which is in production/online.

    Thanks for any suggestions, information or ideas regarding this issue...

    //John

    Wednesday, January 18, 2012 12:41 PM

Answers

  • Hi John,

    If you only copy the files, as permissions are not same as orignial files, replication will still run to sync the permission. It should not copy the whole file but it will still load whole file to staging folder first.

    A recommanded way is to use tool like Backup/Restore or Robocopy to copy files with permission to the new location.


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    Friday, January 20, 2012 6:42 AM

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  • Hi John,

    If you only copy the files, as permissions are not same as orignial files, replication will still run to sync the permission. It should not copy the whole file but it will still load whole file to staging folder first.

    A recommanded way is to use tool like Backup/Restore or Robocopy to copy files with permission to the new location.


    TechNet Subscriber Support in forum |If you have any feedback on our support, please contact tnmff@microsoft.com.
    Friday, January 20, 2012 6:42 AM
  • Hi Shaon,

    Thanks for the answer on this issue. This is an important issue when we have locations on other continents and are in need of copying the data to the new site.

    Correct me if I am wrong, but is it so that we then can copy all data onto f ex a harddrive and bring the disk with us overseas. Then copy all data into DFS location and start sync folders. Files will be loaded into stage folder but only permissions on files will be set. In addition new files wil be copied and synced all the way since this is a dynamic file server (all data since copy of data took place).

    Will the overall process take less time and bandwith or will it take approx the same time and use bandwith as if it copied all the files when starting a DFS sync.

    Thanks for any more suggestions:-)

    //John

    Tuesday, March 27, 2012 11:47 AM