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Enable or disable replication for a target

Updated: January 21, 2005

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

To enable or disable replication for a target

  1. Open Distributed File System.

  2. Click the DFS link for which you want to manage replication.

  3. If the "File Replication" column is not visible in the list of targets, display it by clicking the Action menu and clicking Show Replication Information.

  4. Click the target for which you would like to change the replication status.

  5. On the Action menu, click Enable Replication (if replication is currently disabled and you want to enable it) or Disable Replication (if replication is currently enabled and you want to disable it).

    If you are enabling replication for the target, you will be prompted to designate a staging folder.


  • Do not create File Replication service (FRS) replica sets on a volume that is managed by Remote Storage. Otherwise you might severely impact system performance and possibly cause data loss within your media library.

    FRS might need to periodically read every file in the replica set to send the file contents to another computer. This causes FRS to recall all files that Remote Storage has sent to secondary storage, which might take a long time (hours or days). If you use tape for your secondary storage, remember FRS recalls files in directory order rather than media order, so the excessive number of tape seeks performed by FRS will likely ruin the tapes and cause data loss.


  • To perform this procedure, you must be a member of the Domain Admins group in Active Directory, or you must have been delegated the appropriate authority. As a security best practice, consider using Run as to perform this procedure. For more information, see Default local groups, Default groups, and Using Run as.

  • To open DFS, click Start, click Control Panel, double-click Administrative Tools, and then double-click Distributed File System.

  • Automatic file replication through the File Replication service is only available with domain DFS.

  • You cannot disable replication on a target that is serving as the hub in a hub-and-spoke replication system without first designating a different target as a hub.

Information about functional differences

  • Your server might function differently based on the version and edition of the operating system that is installed, your account permissions, and your menu settings. For more information, see Viewing Help on the Web.

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