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DFS Replication on certain folders not working

Hi

I have two Server 2008 R2 servers at the end of a VPN.

I have 6 folders setup to replicate for disaster recovery.

5 of the small folders are working fine but the largest folder although it replicates at the start it stops working quite quickly.

Are there any settings i should be aware of with larger folders and dfs replication?

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Chev_PCNCommented:
Do you get any errors that may help to pinpoint the problem?
Have you run the diagnostics tool against that replication group?
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timb551Author Commented:
I ran the diags and get:

DFS Replication does not replicate certain files in the replicated folders listed above because they have temporary attribute set, or they are symbolic links . This problem is affecting at least 32 files in 2 replicated folders (up to 100 occurences per replicated folder are reported). Event ID: 11004

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Chev_PCNCommented:
This doesn't sound too serious. There is normally a list of the files. If you can see that they are unimportant, then this error can be safely ignored. What are the backlog numbers like?
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timb551Author Commented:
They are definitley important as half the day to day working docs havent replicated across.

There is a large amount of data not gone across.

When i did the diags single file transfer it doesnt fail just sits there as an uncompleted test.

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Chev_PCNCommented:
The fact that the 5 smaller folders are replicating correctly means that the DFS system in general is working.
Are all 6 folders replicating between the same two servers?
Is the large folder replicating to the same drive?
Do you have enough available space?
How big is the folder? I have DFS set to replicate about 150G & I did not do anything different than the smaller folders.
How are your replication groups set up? One per folder?
If it's at all possible, try an after-hours reboot of the source server to clear all file locks & then force replication of that folder.
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timb551Author Commented:
Hi Chev

All folders are replicating from the same source server to the same destination server.

All going from and to the same drives.

There is plenty of space on both servers.

The folder is about 55GB.

Yes there is a group per folder.

Both servers have recently been rebooted and resetup but still the issue is there.
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Chev_PCNCommented:
Two last suggestions from me:
Use Robocopy over a weekend to "seed" the source server - it gives DFS less to do when initialising.
Delete & recreate the replication group for the large folder.
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timb551Author Commented:
I have deleted and recreated the rep group but this made no difference.  I havent tried the seeding yet but if there are no other ideas i will try this later.

Tim
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timb551Author Commented:
Rang Microsoft support for their help and there was a patch for DFS that hadnt been released, so i installed and everything is working now.
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