I am sure this question will have been asked and answered several times in different ways. I have researched but I would like a bit more specific answers to feel comfortable
I would like to add a new member Server 2019 to an existing replication group and ensure it will not delete or mess with the live data on another server, approx 500,000 files and 242 GB.
I have added the DFS namespace and replication roles
I've added the new server as a namespace server, this will replace a Server 2008 R2 DFS file server which is also a namespace server.
When I go to add a folder target the New Folder Target dialog box has defaulted to "Add this folder target to the replication group by using the following topology:"
"Single bi-directional connection to:" with a greyed out drop-down list
I would have thought "Full mesh to all members" would be more appropriate?
1) What would happen if it's left on the default option
2) If Full mesh to all members is selected will that start the first replication to the new server from the nearest other DFS server?
3) Is it better just to untick the add to the replication group option and add it manually to the group after adding the folder target?
I have read the primary DFS member is only relevant during the first replication of the group. This would have been years ago when the 2008 server was configured to sync with the DFS server on another site. How does DFS know not to remove live files when there is now a blank folder in the group? I know that sounds daft but I would just like to understand before I go clickety-click.