Will re-enabling a long-inactive DFS replication member cause problems?
Posted on 2015-01-17
Several years ago we set up a three-way DFS replication between servers at different sites (two are Server 2008 R2, one is SBS2008). Because of lack of bandwidth at one site, we disabled the replication to and from that site, leaving the remaining two (which have been and are still replicating fine).
We now have improved bandwidth at all sites, so want to re-enable replication. Should it simply be a matter of re-enabling the connections, or can we expect problems because of the time that has passed?
The folder that is replicated has been used by all three sites, although each site has its own sub-folder and doesn't usually make changes to the other folders. We have compared the files and folders and there are no conflicting files (same name with different contents) but many orphans (exist only on one side).
If there's any chance of (for example) a folder deletion from years ago being synchronised, then how can we prevent this? We want to be certain that all current files remain and are consolidated.
Thanks in advance!