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Can't get DFS Replication to work

Posted on 2013-11-14
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Hi folks, I am trying to deploy DFS in my environment. Presently I have a File server but want to deploy DFS to take over. Here is my scenario:
I got four servers which I'd call Svr1, Svr2, Svr3 and Svr4 which all run Windows Server 2012 Datacenter. I already got File services running on Svr1. Svr2 and Svr3 and DCs while Svr4 got nothing running. My intention to to deploy DFS and then share the file load across the four servers.
So, I deployed DFS Names spaces and Replication on Svr4 and DFS Replication on Svr2. Just to test before I proceed further, I created two replication folders with targets on Svr4 and Svr2. I dropped a sample file in Svr4 hoping to see it replicate to Svr2 but nothing happened. I waited for hours, yet nothing happened.
When I checked the Event logs on Svr 2 and Svr 4 I found the following:

On Svr 4:
Information      11/14/2013 5:04:40 PM      DFSR      5016      None
Description:
The DFS Replication service detected that the connection with partner for replication group has been removed or disabled.

On both Svr4 and Svr 2:
Warning      11/14/2013 4:59:40 PM ; 11/14/2013 5:07:16 PM      DFSR      2213      None
Description:
The DFS Replication service stopped replication on volume D:. This occurs when a DFSR JET database is not shut down cleanly and Auto Recovery is disabled. To resolve this issue, back up the files in the affected replicated folders, and then use the ResumeReplication WMI method to resume replication.

What do you suppose could be the problem here? This is about the third time I am trying this out. I've removed the roles, added it back, fitted setup fresh but still no luck!
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Mike Kline earned 500 total points
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Looks like a possible dirty shutdown, did you try the wmi method for a fix, ounlined in this blog

http://blogs.technet.com/b/filecab/archive/2012/07/23/understanding-dfsr-dirty-unexpected-shutdown-recovery.aspx

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Mike
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by:Adeosho
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Thanks Mike, I'd check this out and revert as soon as I do.
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by:hatcherb1234
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I accidently ran across this file at
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=4843
Windows Server 2008 Migrating SYSVOL to DFS Replication.
it was put out in 2009 by Microsoft and it is excellent and very thorough.
I had no trouble using it for 2012.
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by:Mike Kline
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It sounds like he is already using DFSR....that is a good guide but that is for migrating sysvol.  This one is a bit different.


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Mike
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by:Sandeshdubey
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In addition you also need to install latest hotfix of DFSR.See below similar thread too.
DFSR Diag - Can't Recover From Dirty Shutdown Event ID 2213
http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/appvirtualization/en-US/871afe8b-f34b-43ad-ac19-37e37ec5af2f/dfsr-diag-cant-recover-from-dirty-shutdown-event-id-2213
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2663685
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by:Adeosho
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Thanks Mike. This was just what I needed.
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Thanks all for your comments.
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