What is the fastest way to replicate DFS data to new member server?
Posted on 2010-08-24
I am going to be adding a new member server to our existing Windows Server 2003 R2 x86 DFSR infrastructure to replace a different member. The primary server will have a one-way connection with the new member server. The new server is just meant to be an off-site failover/backup file server in case our main server goes down.
Is there a faster way to copy around 1TB of data to the new DFS member other than simply adding it to the Replication group and waiting? This new server will be moved to one of our remote sites across town, and I would like to replicate the 1TB of data over to it while it is still at my site locally hooked up on our gigabit LAN. I would like to have this data copied within 2 days if possible because I need to deliver this remote server ASAP.
I have seen that various people have tried using robocopy or similar software to accomplish this - but i do not want to change/overwrite any of the permsissions while copying over the files with a 3rd party program.
Once this data is copied over - I am assuming that I can just add the new member server to the existing replication group and it will make sure that the files are the same and then be updated....
If anyone has any recomendations for what the best process to copy all of this data over safely/quickly it would be greatly appreciated!