Two shares in full mesh are only replicating one way.
Posted on 2009-02-12
I have been trying to resolve this issue for quite some time now. I have two shares, each on a different server in the same domain, in a full mesh topology. However, the shares are only syncing one way.
I stopped replication and then re-enabled it. When I re-enabled it, I set Server A to be the master so all the files would get pushed from it to Server B. Now, Server B syncs with Server A's changes, but Server A doesn't sync with Server B's changes.
In DFS, both DFS Referrals are enabled and file replication is enabled for both shares. Both shares are shown as having an online status. Active Directory Replication Monitor shows everything as being fine. Meaning, that it states, for both servers, that replications were successful. There are no 13508 errors, or any FRS/DFS errors, in the event log. repadmin /showreps shows everything as being successful. Windows firewall is off and there is nothing between the two servers that could be blocking traffic. The FRS-Staging folders are showing transactions. The schedule is setup to sync at all times. The FRS, DFS and WMI services are running on both servers.
The only anomaly I can find is a folder on Server A called 'De8'. This folder fluctuates in size with the actual contents of the share. So, inside the share, there is this folder which is filling up with the shares contents, almost like a backup. I deleted this folder before (previously called 'De7') and it came back as De8. I'm not sure what this folder is or what it does. The other thing I found was when using WinMerge to track the differences in the two shares, it showed a bunch of folders called 'DO_NOT_REMOVE_NtFrs_PreInstall_Directory' which I don't even see in Server A's share. Only WinMerge shows them. Show hidden files and folders is checked for this share. I'm not sure what these folders are either.
Regardless, I would like some help to determine why files are only replicating one way in my full mesh DFS/FRS setup. Server A syncs to Server B but Server B doesn't sync to Server A. I hope I have provided you with enough information.
Thanks in advance,