Restart DFS Replication from master

Posted on 2011-10-26
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
We have an offisite server mirroring our onsite data and the data is being replicated via DFSR.  The offsite server had a hardware failure and was offline for almost a month.  After bringing the server back online it seems DFS is struggling to recover.  The offsite server is Server 2008 R2 and the onsite server is 2003 so I know we can't do a read-only replicated folder.  Even though no data has ever changed on the offsite server it seems that after coming back on line DFS is trying to replicate from offsite to onsite which shouldn't really ever happen.  I'd like to know if there is a way to restart or reset the DFS replication group so that from this moment the onsite server is the master and replication starts going one way again.  
Question by:Tofu4679
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    From within DFS management console, you should be able to configure the direction of the replication. If you click on the replication folder and click on the "Connection" tab, you should see the "Sending Member" and the "Receiving Member".  If you only want replication in one direction, make sure that the entry is correct.

    Author Comment

    Genius.  Of course now it gives me a warning about topology not being fully connected.  But assuming the one enabled direction still replicates then this will accomplish what I want.  I will have to keep an eye on it to make sure it is still working properly.
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    Expert Comment

    The warning is correct, but in your case this shouldn't be an issue since you're only using it for backup.

    Author Comment

    It seems to be working perfectly, thank you again.

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