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Hi

I have built 3 new 2012 servers for a customer but unfortunately they had to delay onlsite install for nearly 3 months.

2 of these servers were DC's

Now that we have put them back online we are having replication problems of he DC's.

The event logs are giving this error

The DFS Replication service stopped replication on the folder with the following local path: C:\Windows\SYSVOL\domain. This server has been disconnected from other partners for 78 days, which is longer than the time allowed by the MaxOfflineTimeInDays parameter (60). DFS Replication considers the data in this folder to be stale, and this server will not replicate the folder until this error is corrected.
 
To resume replication of this folder, use the DFS Management snap-in to remove this server from the replication group, and then add it back to the group. This causes the server to perform an initial synchronization task, which replaces the stale data with fresh data from other members of the replication group.
 
Additional Information:
Error: 9061 (The replicated folder has been offline for too long.)
Replicated Folder Name: SYSVOL Share
Replicated Folder ID: 353102AF-7809-45F7-B664-0CB1160B3AE6
Replication Group Name: Domain System Volume
Replication Group ID: EB89B1B4-3E8A-49F4-AD81-0C89FA4594BF
Member ID: 2B5FBEB8-A8C2-4D43-BD1F-DB577FCFF1A1

I cant find anything in DFS manager console to fix this as the error message suggests

Does anyone have a step by step solution for this please urgently?

Thanks

Ash
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by:Kash
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if they have not been used for that long. I would take the DFS role away from them and re-do the role so they are link happy and fresh.

It isn't a complicated job as long as you have DNS setup properly.

this guide will help >>>> http://www.techstaty.com/setting-up-dfs-file-servers-with-microsoft-server-2012/
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by:AshGhai
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Hi.. thanks for the reply

So do I remove dfs roles from both servers and start again?
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by:Kash
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yes you will have to remove roles off all the servers and start again.
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by:AshGhai
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ok thanks I will try that.

Theres no danger of messing up the primary DC by doing this is there?
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by:Kash
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why would it mess up DC. All you are doing is removing and re-adding a role on to it.
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by:AshGhai
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well im very new to DFS..

All I wanted to do is to have a secondary DC on the network... is this the only way now in 2012?
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by:Kash
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as a test. I would turn the servers ON and make sure they can see each other.

Then on the primary server go to DFS Management. You will see Namespaces and Replication in there.

In replication, select the share and then go to connections and highlight one of the connections and you will see a replicate now button. click to see if it works otherwise, have a look at how it was set up, remove and re-add in there.

It is not that difficult and you will learn something new as well.
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by:AshGhai
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Hi I Tried the test but could not see any replicate now button!!  Please have a look at the attached snapshot.
dfs.JPG
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by:Kash
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there is one. see screenshot attached.
Screen-Shot-2013-11-12-at-11.39..png
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Sorry but there is not on my system. See attached. Could it be because of the sysvol message that's there??
dfs2.JPG
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by:Sandeshdubey
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From the above printscreen your sysvol is using DFSR.It seem that there is replication issue between DC and hence the issue occured.To get the clear view of the same can you post the dcdiag /q and repadmin /replsum log from the DCs.
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Hi

I have attached the logs here... its strange that the printers its complaining about are on my laptop and not on the server or their network and I am not domain connected???

Thanks
Ash
repadmin.dc02.txt
dcdiag.dc02.txt
repadmin.dc01.txt
dcdiag.dc01.txt
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by:Sandeshdubey
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The replication seems to be ok.However this is your problem:

Implementing Content Freshness protection in DFSR
http://blogs.technet.com/b/askds/archive/2009/11/18/implementing-content-freshness-protection-in-dfsr.aspx
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Hi
That link didnt help im afraid..

I ended up paying Microsoft to solve the problem.. they had to:

Perform a Authoritative restore of Sysvol on the Primary Domain controller and non-authoritative restore of Sysvol on other domain controllers.

Thanks for all your help.

Ash
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All other solutions did not solve the problem.
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