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I have an old Windows Server 2003 R2 file server that I want to replace with a Windows Server 2008 server R2.
I have setup a DFS replication from one share on the 2003 server to replicate to the 2008 server.

The directory on the 2003 server contains 130,553 files and 17,436 folders, but on the 2008 server I only get 117,415 files and 17,330 folders.

We are intiating replication both via schedule and manually.  We are only comparing data folders not system/os folders.  Either way, our file sizes aren't the same, or at least close enough to feel like this is working right.  Can anyone tell me why the number of target and source files do not match.  When running DFS, is there a there a tool that can be used to tell if DFS is running and how much has been completed?
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by:lltc78
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You could run a DFSr health report from the DFS management console. Check the option to count the backlogged files, and count the replicated files/sizes.

This may take awhile to run but it should show you what you are looking for.

My guess is that it is probably that your staging folder may not be large enough for the initial replication which is causing it to delete files before it continues.

Have a look at http://blogs.technet.com/b/askds/archive/2011/07/13/how-to-determine-the-minimum-staging-area-dfsr-needs-for-a-replicated-folder.aspx for some assistance with that.
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DFS report didn't cover the issues we seen. DFS doesnt replicate Temp files. ie.. ~ & .tmp files.

That is why when you use Win diff or even folder properties you get a discrepincy of number of files between the two servers.

We are trying to use Robo Basket and or find files to find and delete the temp files from source to verify all data is transfered at time of cutover from old to new server.
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The DFS report didnt cover the discrepincy between file counts. The issue was Temp files being counted on source
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