i set up DFS to replicate data between two file servers running Windows Server 2003, Ent Edition. It worked well (more than 3months) until i decide to replicate home folders and redirected folders (for users' My Documents) as well as other directories\folders
i have had major problems since. Some of the files/folders are now locked up in the staging file. Others are in Ntfrs_Preexisting folders (which i can retrieve). Some users complain that though they can see their files, they are not able to access them. Other folders are not replicated at all.
In the event log of the file servers, i have many of these Event logs
Event: 13508 Source: Ntfrs Category: None Type: Warning Computer: Server1
The File Replication Service is having trouble enabling replication from server2 to server1 for dfsdrive\folder using the DNS name DC2. FRS will keep retrying.
Following are some of the reasons you would see this warning.
 FRS can not correctly resolve the DNS name DC2 from this computer.
 FRS is not running on DC2.
 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.
For more information, see Help and Support Center at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/events.asp
I can confirm that replication is ok between my 2 domain controllers by running appropriate tools in the Windows Support tools.I'm quite disillusioned with this whole DFS/FRS business. Among others, I have already done the following
1. Installed and run FRSDiag
2. Stopped Symantec Antivirus from scanning the stagein folder, the NTDS folder, SYSVOL, etc and other troubleshooting tricks related to the event 13508 (above). I never get Event 13509 to tell me if any of the problems go away.
Can someone help me out
1. Can i ever recover the files locked up in the staging folder?
2. Is there a way to fix this problem. I need to replicate about 300GB of data altogether (in separate directories/folders) in future and would appreciate an alternative to DFS/FRS or be able to make DFS/FRS work for me effectively.