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  • HELP WITH DFS REPLICATION on SERVER 2008 R2

    So we have 2 servers that replicate to one another. One is here where I work in Foxboro and the other is in India. Our replication server crashed in Foxboro and I had to re-create the replication server. once I did all the configuration I created the groups in DFS to replicate all the data back from India to Foxboro. After a couple of days of letting replication occur I've noticed that key folders and files in INDIA's replication servedr are being deleted. is it possible to get this data back ???

  • #2
    Where are your backups?

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    • #3
      replication was our backups. policy was to never backup the data since data replicates to other servers.

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      • #4
        Well, that was a bloody stupid policy.
        Replication is not, and has never been, a substitute for backups - as you have found out.

        You may (very much MAY) be able to use specialist data recovery services to get some of the data back, but it will cost you lots of $$$ (and probably your job in the process)
        Tom Jones
        MCT, MCSE (2000:Security & 2003), MCSA:Security & Messaging, MCDBA, MCDST, MCITP(EA, EMA, SA, EDA, ES, CS), MCTS, MCP, Sec+
        PhD, MSc, FIAP, MIITT
        IT Trainer / Consultant
        Ossian Ltd
        Scotland

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        • #5
          I would grab a backup of the existing data ASAP!

          When you setup folder replication, did you specify the India server as the source?

          You might be able to get back some data if you're using shadow copies and previous versions.

          NOTE: BEFORE MESSING WITH THE FOLLOWING, TAKE A BACKUP!!

          You also might be able to get what you're looking for from here:
          <replicated folder path>\DfsrPrivate\ConflictAndDeleted
          <replicated folder path>\DfsrPrivate\PreExisting
          <replicated folder path>\DfsrPrivate\Deleted

          More info: http://blogs.technet.com/b/askds/arc...available.aspx
          http://blogs.technet.com/b/filecab/a...owershell.aspx

          If none of the above gets you what you need then your only option is data recovery off the hard drives. BTW, the more that is written to the drive the less you can recover so you need to address this ASAP or take the server offline.

          Regards,
          Jeremy

          Network Consultant/Engineer
          Baltimore - Washington area and beyond
          www.gma-cpa.com

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