Adding Win 2008 DFS Name space server and decommissioning 2003 DFS Name space server

Hi I have 2 DFS Servers. One of the namespace server is 2003 File server and second one is 2008 R2 server that is also a Domain Controller. I have setup DFS in 2008 and setup full mesh replication between these 2. DFS is working ok (i.e no user complaints about files missing etc) however showing "Cannot retrieve version vectors from this member" when i run Diagnostic report.

I need to replace my 2003 server with a win 2008 R2 server that will also be Domain controller and will be relocated to DR Site soon.

My primary server is 2003 DFS server and had master copy of data when i setup dfs (yesterday). I can see that folders are almost same size on both servers. They are in same building.

Would it be better to backup and restore data folder from my Primary 2003 server and then re-setup DFS between existing and joining 2008 DC servers? or should i add my new 2008 R2 DC as a name space server and setup replication among all 3? Once the folders are same size on all 3 then i can decommision 2003 server and relocate 2008 DC server? Would it be doable?

I want to avoid backup and restore job due to some logistics but at the same time i want to make sure that i dont miss out any files. However backup and restore job is also achievable (if required)



Is there any way to test that folder between primary and replication partners are exactly same?
MANGO247Asked:
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kevinhsiehConnect With a Mentor Commented:
You can use the DFS Administration tool to run a diagnostic report on the replication group. It will show if there are files that still need to be replicated.

I would setup replication among all 3 servers. Using a backup/restore proceedure to stage files that will be part of an existing replication group is problematic and it's likely that they will get overwritten by the replication process anyway.

You can move the server to the DR site at any time. Any files that have changed or not yet replicated will replicate when the server reconnects to the network. As long as your current 2008 server has all of the files you can disable the DFS target(s) on the 2003 server. Once you add the new 2008 R2 server that will go to the DR site and the other 2008 server has all of the files, you can disable replication on the 2003 server.
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MANGO247Author Commented:
followed dfs replication path and all working fine
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