DFS Not Replicating

Posted on 2004-10-04
Last Modified: 2012-08-13
My office currently has two Windows 2000 domain servers running.  In the past, we had two domain servers, one of the current servers, plus one server that recently suffered hardware issues and was removed.  Between the two, I had installed DFS to allow our file shares to be distributed between the two domain servers.  We just obtained a replacement domain server for the older server that failed.  I've installed Win2K OS, and active directory etc seem to be working properly, it's now running as the BDC on the network.  I attempted to rebuild DFS, by creating a new DFS structure with the old file server as the primary, and the new server as the backup.  Unfortunately the files aren't replicating properly on the largest share.  Here is the structure:

SHARE1, small (500m)
SHARE2, large (60g)

\\domain\dfs (root share, empty)
\\domain\dfs\share1  (first dfs link)
\\domain\dfs\share2 (2nd dfs link)

The link for SHARE1 worked flawlessly.  I added the primary server as the master for automatic replication, and within a short time it replicated all the data to the share on the new server.  Then I added SHARE2.  Unfortunately, this 2nd share is randomly failing to replicate.  I've attempted removing and re-adding the DFS link several times, always with similar results.  Most of the time it starts replicating files (not always)...after it gets through the first directory or two, it just stops.  Flat.  For no reason.  I've checked the error logs repeatedly, and can't find anything indicative of a problem.  Share1 and SYSVOL continue to replicate with each other immediately.  There is something about SHARE2 that refuses to replicate and I can't put my finger on it.  Any suggestions?
Question by:CyberDog3K
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by:Zaheer Iqbal
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Please check the event viewer for errors and post them here thanks will give us an insught to the problem..

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ID: 12218641
The only Warning I see in the FRS section of the Event Viewer reads as follows:

The File Replication Service is having trouble enabling replication from SERVER2 to SERVER1 for e:\share2 using the DNS name server2.dns.address. FRS will keep retrying.
 Following are some of the reasons you would see this warning.
 [1] FRS can not correctly resolve the DNS name server2.dns.address from this computer.
 [2] FRS is not running on server2.dns.address.
 [3] The topology information in the Active Directory for this replica has not yet replicated to all the Domain Controllers.
 This event log message will appear once per connection, After the problem is fixed you will see another event log message indicating that the connection has been established.

I'm not sure what would cause this error, as the DNS names resolve properly from both machines.  In addition, as I stated above, replication DOES start to occur, so initially the configuration is correct.  It only stops part way through, which seems very strange for an AD configuration error...

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ID: 12268720
Well I solved this problem by re-creating the DFS root, and by adding the shares in order from largest to smallest.  I think it altered the location of the staging files, but I'm not really sure why it worked this time and not before.  Regardless, the problem has been solved.  Request to have points refunded.  Thanks...

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