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Relocate the LMRepl File Replication Service

Updated: March 28, 2003

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

To maintain the replication of files in the NETLOGON shared folder from the Windows NT 4.0 export server to all other Windows NT 4.0 BDCs running the LMRepl replication engine during the in-place domain upgrade process, upgrade all servers that are hosting import directories before you upgrade the server that is hosting the export directory.

If the server hosting the export directory is the PDC, you can do one of the following:

  • Promote a BDC that meets the Windows Server 2003 domain controller hardware requirements to become the new PDC and demote the existing PDC to serve as a BDC hosting the export server.

    – Or –

    Reconfigure the LMRepl export server on a BDC and remove it from the PDC.

To test the new configuration to ensure that LMRepl continues to work correctly, place an empty file on the export server and verify that the file is replicated to the import directories during replication. Next, delete the replicated file from the import directory, and then verify that the file is deleted during the next replication.

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