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DFS (Distributed File System) Replication on Windows 2012

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I set up a simple DFS on my lab environment.
I followed instruction on this video and read from technet, maybe I'm missing something. It doesn't replicate folder contents, but instead it gives 'waiting for initial replication' on its health report. I searched for the cause of this, applied, it still does not replicate;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AazvgSQwmHk

What I did is,
1. Created 2 folders on SRV1.
2. Share the 2 folders
3. Create a namespace referencing the 2 shared folders on SRV1.
4. Add SRV2 to the namespace server list, make sure SRV1 and SRV2 on the namedspaced server list.
5. Now I create DFS Replication group.
6. Make SRV1 as the primary server
7. Add the 2 shared folders on SRV1
8. Select 2 destination folders on SRV2 to replicate to.
9. Done, the 2 folders from SRV1 doesn't replicate to SRV2.
10. I ran 'dfsrdiag /pollad' on both servers, still it doesn't replicate.
11. I thought it's staging folder size issue, so I added 5MB file to one of the two folders in SRV1. it still doesn't replicate.
12. I ran DFSR Health Report, it shows 'waiting for initial replication'.
13. I restarted DFS Namespace and DFS Replication services on both, it still doesn't replicate.

Am I missing any steps?
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Very stupid question, but have you checked the firewall exceptions or tried just disabling the firewall on both servers to see if it allows the replication to start?  Bites me all the time when trying to set things up.
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I spent a whole day on this, found and fixed the problem.
none of online resource helped until  I did the following;

open \\SRV1\C$\system volume information (can't delete the following folder by just going to it from explorer, UNC path is required. I don't know why).

stop DFSN and DFSR services.

delete DFSR folder under \\SRV1\C$\system volume information.

restart DFSN and DFSR services.

recreate DFSR replication group .

it will replicates right away... I felt like I was swimming in mud for long time, then jump to a tropical sea.
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