I remember reading in the design document
(or maybe on here) that when using ntbackup that the VSS is triggered, and
then when the restore is run the DFSR database realizes this and recatalogs
all the files against the remote server.
However, now that i read the design document again I see that it says
"If you need initial replication to complete more quickly, you can prestage
the data on the hub server by backing up the branch servers' data to media.
Ship the media to the hub site and copy the files to the replicated folder
on the hub server. Then, when you set up replication, only the changes are
replicated from the branch server to the hub server."
To me this reads that I need to stage the files BEFORE i set up the
replication group...guess i missed that the first time.
Post by Ned Pyle [MSFT]
People tend to use NTBACKUP because it's easy and reliable (and with FRS,
was *required* ;-)). You can use any kind of copy tool with DFSR though.
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