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I have a current share on one of my servers, i.e \\server1\users$ which is a share for all our user folders. FOr a while this has formed part of a DFS root i.e \\domain\users\site which currently points at the server above but doesnt replicate with anything. What we want to do is add another link to the \\domain\users\site i.e \\server2\users$.

My problem is, i want to do this online, but when i add the second link and configure replication DFS alters the original share, making a NTFRS_preexisting folder and moving all the data within here, and then proceeds to copy it back to the existing share. Obviously this is causing issues with a live share.

Is there any way to do this WITHOUT the original share being altered during the initial replication.
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The answer is a "no" unfortunately, in my experience.  Even with a Hub & Spoke configuration, the Hub still performs the move of all data the NtFrs-preexisting folder (confirmed today with a pair of Windows 2003 RC2 machines, fully patched).

I have to admit, I thought the Hub & Spoke performed as you wanted, what with one being the master copy & the other merging into there. :(

The obvious suggestion would be to set up the replication external to office hours (if this is at all possible) and ensure that the designated staging areas on both machines *and* the registry (as noted below in the example error) otherwise you'll get numerous of the following warnings below + a lack of replication.

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Event Type:      Warning
Event Source:      NtFrs
Event Category:      None
Event ID:      13522
Date:            26/03/2007
Time:            09:25:38
User:            N/A
Computer:      <removed>
Description:
The File Replication Service paused because the staging area is full. Staging files are used to replicate created, deleted or modified files between partners. FRS will automatically remove least recently used files from this staging area (in the order of the longest time since the last access) until the amount of space in use has dropped below 60% of the staging space-limit, after which replication will resume.
 
If this condition occurs frequently:
 
Confirm that all direct outbound replication partners receiving updates from this member are online and receiving udpates.
 
Verify that the replication schedule for receiving partners is open or "on" for a sufficient window of time to accomodate the number of files being replicated.
 
Consider increasing the staging area to improve system performance.
 
The current value of the staging space limit is 2097152 KB.  To change the staging space limit, run regedit:
 
Click on Start -> Run and type  REGEDT .  Expand HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, SYSTEM, CurrentControlSet, Services, NtFrs, Parameters, and the value "Staging Space Limit in KB".

For more information, see Help and Support Center at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/events.asp.
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The other possibility would be to set up an empty DFS & steadily migrate the data.
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