troubleshooting Question

DFSR replicating fine, but no replication group visible on second member server (2008 R2)

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Hi guys; as ever, hope someone can help.

I think the problem I'm experiencing might not be a problem, but possibly a feature. If it is the latter, I don't like the way Microsoft have done this.

I have setup a DFSR replication group, and replicated just one folder. The folder is massive (in capacity terms) holding approx 2.5 million documents.

I set the replication going between the primary member, and one other server over the weekend. Both systems are running 2008 R2, and I have taken advantage of the 'read only' feature on the second server, as it is there as an offsite backup (it's in a seperate building).

It has all worked faultlessly, and I can verify replication is complete, and all health reports are good. HOWEVER, if I load up DFS managment on the server which receives a read-only copy of the data, the replication group is not listed. It's as if it doesn't exist.

I suspect this is a fault (even with the folder being 'read-only' there are other settings that should still be configurable from this management panel), and it's un-nerving that I can't see my replication folder here. Is this some design by weird intention, or a common error? Perhaps, either way someone could point me to an MS article to help me, or give further advice. I've Googled a bit, and no-one else seems to be talking about this!

Cheers :D
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