fileserver broken

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Hi Experts,

we have a file server with dfs and replication in site A.
Some files were replicatated to site B.

Now the file server with dfs is broken, I have to setup a new file server with dfs and replication.
Can you help me with some steps ?
1. what about the old config ? For the new machine can I use the same name ?
2. how to install dfs and replication and configure ?
3. Do I have maybe problems with the old config on the namespace or dc ?

I hope you can give me some hints.
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MaheshArchitect
Distinguished Expert 2018

Commented:
Broken means what happened?

U can fix broken dfs

Need more info
Eprs_AdminSystem Architect

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Commented:
The fileserver vm is broken.
I cannot boot the file server vm anymore.
Eprs_AdminSystem Architect

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Commented:
Now I need to know what I have to do to install a new one and take over the VMDK files.
Do I have to cleanup first ?
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John TsioumprisSoftware & Systems Engineer

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Probably some more info on what kind of issues you are experiencing..how it happened and if you have performed any actions...
Otherwise you probably have to rebuild from scratch.
Eprs_AdminSystem Architect

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the vm is dead.
I have worked on it yesterday, the whole day. No recovery possible, no backup available.
The files itself, I have on another share.

How I have to go on, to rebuild the fileserver and the dfs and replication.
Eprs_AdminSystem Architect

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I have seen, with dfsutil, I can clean up the old entries.
Where's that data disk?  Is it a separate VMDisk image?  Is it mounted from a separate RAID?  If it is, just install a new file server and attach the VMDisk or RAID.  You don't have to rebuild the data if that data disk is separate and not corrupt.
Eprs_AdminSystem Architect

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I have the vmdk disks, but when I add it to another VM , then I cannot see the disk in disk management.
Any ideas why ?
Maybe snapshots ?
Do you pay for maintenance?  Time to call VMWare.  That image sounds corrupt.

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