Windows 2003 Std R2 - DFS Replication and C:\Documents and Settings

Posted on 2009-05-15
Last Modified: 2012-05-07
Hi All,

I have two servers that im trying to duplicate the C:\Documents and Settings form one to the other. C:\Documents and Setting is shared as "Profiles" with full access to Everyone on both servers. DFS replication is setup for now with full bandwidth and the schedule is is to always on.

I have DFS replication working on another share called "Database" between the two servers, with all the settings are exactly the same as the above.

But it will not replicate the "Profiles share", is it possible to replicate the C:\Documents and Settings folder?

Question by:marc_butler
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by:Lee W, MVP
ID: 24393027
Honestly, I don't know and would never try.  WHY are you trying to do this and not, instead, using Folder Redirection?

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ID: 24393054
Hi leew,

Im making a DR server and need a backup copy on the DR machine. It must be possible to do this as DFS replication is on folder sync after all.

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by:Lee W, MVP
ID: 24393403
Ok... you're making a DR server... and you're not using imaging?  Documents and Settings is largely irrelevent data that doesn't need backing up (especially on a server) - especially when you can use folder redirection.    Who suggested this would be a good way to create a DR server?  Can you point me to a book or web link?

DFS for DATA folders make sense... but Docs & Settings on a server shouldn't be data folders for anything of consequence.
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ID: 24393622
Hi leew,

I would hardly call 150 user profiles irrelevent data. I think my domain users would be quite annoyed if I lost all there profiles. Which include desktop items, favorates and so on.

I know in the first place I should of put there profiles in a differant location but I was in a major rush to setup the server in the first place and forgot to store them somewhere else.

Do you think it is possible to DFS the folder or should I start by recreating user profiles somewhere else and DFSing that folder? I whould much rather not have to recreate 150 profiles.

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Accepted Solution

Lee W, MVP earned 500 total points
ID: 24393664
What are you talking about?

Did you Share the Server's C:\Documents and Settings folder and point everyone to that?  Please tell me you didn't...

My understanding is you are trying to use DFS to replicate C:\Documents and Settings to another server.  The problem is, you have some profiles in that folder that are in CONSTANT use - like the services profile.

Again, that's why you should be using Folder Redirection - then you don't have to worry about losing desktop items.

Further, profiles are Loaded from the server, they are not run from the server - If the server crashed, they would still have access to the local copy of the profiles (assuming you are using Roaming Profiles).  If you have setup DFS for a share that contains Redirected folders, then it shouldn't be a problem - it also shouldn't be the C:\Documents and Settings folder.

Or is this a terminal server - ?

If my worst fears about your question are true, then I believe the answer is no, not reliably.  I would suggest you look into cleaning up the environment rather than "making it work" - as that will probably take at least as long as cleaning it up - and definitely put you at a disadvantage if something happens.


Author Comment

ID: 24394164
Hi leew,

I think ive found a quick and easy way of doing it.

My counterpart has wrote some VB to create the user profile folders in the new location with the approprate security settings. So I can copy the profiles from where they are now to the new location and then just repoint the profile location in AD.

Should work a treat. Thankyou for your assistance.


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