When you are creating a DFS replica of a shared folder to a new location:

Create a shared folder on the destination server

Right-click on the share in the DFS management tool and choose Add Replica…

Select the shared folder you just created

Configure the replication to happen automatically.

After you have created the replica, right click on the new replica and TAKE IT OFFLINE until the replication has completed.  This is the most important step.  If you leave it online, users can and will get directed to the new location, which will appear to be missing files/folders.

Once you are satisfied that the replication is complete (i.e. the size of the folder on both servers and the number of files and folders match), then you can bring the new replica online.

Posted via email from Aaron Johnstone

2 Replies to “How to create a DFS replica in Server 2000”

  1. Thanks for this Aaron. Multi-site offices or low-downtime server migrations depend on this kind of setup.

    Are there any gotchas on the 2000 vs. 2003 vs. 2008 servers?

  2. Good question. My experience with DFS is limited. I’ll let you know in a week or two after I get done with part of a project that involves migrating from Server 2000-based DFS to Server 2008. In the meantime, I appended “in Server 2000” to the title of this post. 🙂

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