DFS Replication Windows Server 2003 R2

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DFS Replication
File servers
Microsoft Windows Server 2003
Windows Server 2003 R2
I have two Windows 2003 Servers used for replication, one is our primary file server, the other is its replica. last week we noticed that the replica had run out of space, this happened a while and went unnoticed - yesterday I cleared out some space by removing a folder that was not required. this cleared up some space nicely. This morning I arrived in work to find that the replica server had replicated 50% of the files to the main server - replacing current files with out of date files - this caused a slight headache and although we have recovered from this, I would like to know if anyone can shed any light on why this happened. The server is also again full, so I am wanting to start fresh, I want to remove replication between the main and replica server, take the replica offline, format and re-set everything up. Can anyone advise how best to do this without the chance of deleting the files on the main server, also how to set up replication to replicate the e$ drive with the exception of several folders (e.g. Temp, Images, MusicCheesy Tunes) etc... I need this to work correctly first time otherwise my neck will definitely be on the line!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks in advance for any help or advice.

Software/Hardware used:
Windows Server 2003 R2, DFS Replication

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Messing with DFS issues isn’t fun. Your issue is explained in KB961655.

To exclude folders from DFS replication, you can do the following:

1. In your DFS root, right click and click on properties.
2. In the Replication tab, click on Edit.
3. Type the name of a file or subfolder you want to exclude from replication.
4. Click Add to add the folder to the exclusion list, and then click OK.

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  • Paulbeynon
    Thanks for this information, when I go into the DFS Management tool and do as above, I do not get the Add option, I am wondering if I have not set it up the best way at all. I wonder if I could have assistance in completely removing replication from this server and starting fresh. If I was to delete the replication group, format the server and set it up with a new name and different replication group and IP would this prevent the server from being identified as a previous replication member?
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  • mshen
    Yes. That would work.
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