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Any ways to monitor DFS replication in windows 2003 R2 servers?

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Is there any ways to monitor replication status like detailed summary of files or folders replicated , queue monitoring
Apart from the health or diagnosis  report if anything is available please let me know and advice any better monitoring tool ?

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(Pasted from http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc773238(WS.10).aspx#BKMK_067)
Do Ultrasound and Sonar work with DFS Replication?
No. DFS Replication has its own set of monitoring and diagnostics tools. Ultrasound and Sonar are only capable of monitoring FRS.

Is there a way to know the state of replication?
Yes. There are a number of ways to monitor replication:
  • DFS Replication has a management pack for System Center Operations Manager 2007 that provides proactive monitoring.
  • DFS Replication has an in-box diagnostic report for the replication backlog, replication efficiency, and the number of files and folders in a given replication group.
  • Dfsrdiag.exe is a command-line tool that can generate a backlog count or trigger a propagation test. Both show the state of replication. Propagation shows you if files are being replicated to all nodes. Backlog shows you how many files still need to replicate before two computers are in sync. The backlog count is the number of updates that a replication group member has not processed. On computers running Windows Server 2008 R2, Dfsrdiag.exe can also display the updates that DFS Replication is currently replicating.
  • Scripts can use WMI to collect backlog information—manually or through MOM.

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