DFS and replacing main server

Discussion in 'File Systems' started by Bob Williamson, Jul 2, 2004.

  1. I need to replace the hardware on whch my DFS root exists.

    Can I just click on "new root replica" and replicate the root to a different
    server and then replciate it back to the server once I have rebuilt it?

    Bob Williamson, Jul 2, 2004
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  2. Yeah, you coudl do that. Make sure everything gets replicated before you
    pull out the original.

    Brian Desmond
    Windows Server MVP

    Brian Desmond [MVP], Jul 4, 2004
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  3. Where do you see "new root replica" I think a root replica would be usefull
    for me but I cannot find the button.

    Joseph DeAlmieda, Jul 7, 2004
  4. I am no expert so take it with a grain of salt: Server A is the original
    DFS server, Server B is the temporary server and Server C (meant to replace
    Server A) is the Final DFS root.

    Right click on the Root in Server A, and choose new, root replica and Choose
    Server B. Now from What I understand that simply replicates the dfs
    structure NOT the data.

    Then to replicate all of the data, right click on the root and choose all
    tasks, replication policy. From there you enable both Server A and Server B
    and set Server A as the master. Thus beginning a full replication.

    In my case I would then wait FOREVER, as my data replicates, set Server B as
    the master, and remove Server A from the root replication. Thus making
    Server B the replication master.

    THEN I get rid of my original dfs server (DCPromo etc.), Build Server C,
    Join eth domain, and perform the above in reverse to replicate to the
    rebuilt server.

    PLEASE do not do this without having an expert having commented on my theory
    Bob Williamson, Jul 8, 2004
  5. Bob is right here. Only part is about the "master" stuff. No multimasters.
    Just remove the original server as a target from the root and each link.

    Brian Desmond
    Windows Server MVP

    Brian Desmond [MVP], Jul 9, 2004
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