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Enable Replication Disable Referral
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Ben
2006-05-08 08:12:44 UTC
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Hi

We are introducing a backup server to our network to replicate to, the
server is to act as a failover rather than for load balancing.

We have configured replication but have disabled referrals, which appears to
have disabled replication.

How can I disable referrals without disabling replication?

Thanks
B
Jill Zoeller [MSFT]
2006-05-08 15:09:32 UTC
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Disabling a referral should not affect replication in any way. Which
operating system and snap-in/tool did you use to do this?
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Post by Ben
Hi
We are introducing a backup server to our network to replicate to, the
server is to act as a failover rather than for load balancing.
We have configured replication but have disabled referrals, which appears to
have disabled replication.
How can I disable referrals without disabling replication?
Thanks
B
Ben
2006-05-08 21:25:35 UTC
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Hi Jill

Thanks for your post.

Its SBS 2k3 root, Win 2k3 SP1 destination.

Distributed File System Version: 5.2.3790.0

Thanks
B
Post by Jill Zoeller [MSFT]
Disabling a referral should not affect replication in any way. Which
operating system and snap-in/tool did you use to do this?
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Post by Ben
Hi
We are introducing a backup server to our network to replicate to, the
server is to act as a failover rather than for load balancing.
We have configured replication but have disabled referrals, which
appears
Post by Jill Zoeller [MSFT]
Post by Ben
to
have disabled replication.
How can I disable referrals without disabling replication?
Thanks
B
Jill Zoeller [MSFT]
2006-05-08 21:29:30 UTC
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Can you give me the exact steps you followed to disable the referral?
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Post by Ben
Hi Jill
Thanks for your post.
Its SBS 2k3 root, Win 2k3 SP1 destination.
Distributed File System Version: 5.2.3790.0
Thanks
B
Post by Jill Zoeller [MSFT]
Disabling a referral should not affect replication in any way. Which
operating system and snap-in/tool did you use to do this?
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Post by Ben
Hi
We are introducing a backup server to our network to replicate to, the
server is to act as a failover rather than for load balancing.
We have configured replication but have disabled referrals, which
appears
Post by Jill Zoeller [MSFT]
Post by Ben
to
have disabled replication.
How can I disable referrals without disabling replication?
Thanks
B
Ben
2006-05-08 22:31:47 UTC
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Post by Jill Zoeller [MSFT]
Can you give me the exact steps you followed to disable the referral?
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Post by Ben
Hi Jill
Thanks for your post.
Its SBS 2k3 root, Win 2k3 SP1 destination.
Distributed File System Version: 5.2.3790.0
Thanks
B
Post by Jill Zoeller [MSFT]
Disabling a referral should not affect replication in any way. Which
operating system and snap-in/tool did you use to do this?
--
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rights.
Post by Jill Zoeller [MSFT]
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Post by Jill Zoeller [MSFT]
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Post by Ben
Hi
We are introducing a backup server to our network to replicate to, the
server is to act as a failover rather than for load balancing.
We have configured replication but have disabled referrals, which
appears
Post by Jill Zoeller [MSFT]
Post by Ben
to
have disabled replication.
How can I disable referrals without disabling replication?
Thanks
B
Ben
2006-05-08 22:37:30 UTC
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Hi Jill

I'm not sure how exact you want, but here is everything:

On our DC: SBS 2k3: Start > Administrative Tools > Distributed File System

Expand \\domain.local\RootOnDC

Select Link, select / right click target

Enable or Disable Referral

Under DFS Referral it now says disabled, file replication says enabled.

It has created the file structure on the other server but nothing else, I
must add that the other server is not a DC and does not have DNS server
enabled, the root server is a DC and has DNS enabled.

Thanks
B
Post by Jill Zoeller [MSFT]
Can you give me the exact steps you followed to disable the referral?
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Post by Ben
Hi Jill
Thanks for your post.
Its SBS 2k3 root, Win 2k3 SP1 destination.
Distributed File System Version: 5.2.3790.0
Thanks
B
Post by Jill Zoeller [MSFT]
Disabling a referral should not affect replication in any way. Which
operating system and snap-in/tool did you use to do this?
--
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rights.
Post by Jill Zoeller [MSFT]
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Post by Jill Zoeller [MSFT]
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Post by Ben
Hi
We are introducing a backup server to our network to replicate to, the
server is to act as a failover rather than for load balancing.
We have configured replication but have disabled referrals, which
appears
Post by Jill Zoeller [MSFT]
Post by Ben
to
have disabled replication.
How can I disable referrals without disabling replication?
Thanks
B
Jill Zoeller [MSFT]
2006-05-08 23:23:40 UTC
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I just want to make sure I understand the sequence of events that caused FRS
to stop working. Here is what I'm assuming you did at some point prior:

Created a link with two targets and configured FRS.
Confirmed FRS was working (i.e., replicating) as scheduled.
Followed the procedure you mention below to disable a referral to one of the
targets.

Is my understanding correct? I was just making sure that you didn't actually
remove a link target or anything like that. The UI does not disable FRS when
a referral is disabled, so I wonder if something else has happened that
caused FRS to stop working. Have you checked the FRS event logs on both
targets? How about trying Sonar or FRSDiag from www.microsoft.com/frs to
check replication health?
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Post by Ben
Hi Jill
On our DC: SBS 2k3: Start > Administrative Tools > Distributed File System
Expand \\domain.local\RootOnDC
Select Link, select / right click target
Enable or Disable Referral
Under DFS Referral it now says disabled, file replication says enabled.
It has created the file structure on the other server but nothing else, I
must add that the other server is not a DC and does not have DNS server
enabled, the root server is a DC and has DNS enabled.
Thanks
B
Post by Jill Zoeller [MSFT]
Can you give me the exact steps you followed to disable the referral?
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Post by Ben
Hi Jill
Thanks for your post.
Its SBS 2k3 root, Win 2k3 SP1 destination.
Distributed File System Version: 5.2.3790.0
Thanks
B
Post by Jill Zoeller [MSFT]
Disabling a referral should not affect replication in any way. Which
operating system and snap-in/tool did you use to do this?
--
This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no
rights.
Post by Jill Zoeller [MSFT]
Want to learn more about Windows Server file and storage technologies?
Visit
Post by Jill Zoeller [MSFT]
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Post by Ben
Hi
We are introducing a backup server to our network to replicate to,
the
Post by Jill Zoeller [MSFT]
Post by Ben
Post by Jill Zoeller [MSFT]
Post by Ben
server is to act as a failover rather than for load balancing.
We have configured replication but have disabled referrals, which
appears
Post by Jill Zoeller [MSFT]
Post by Ben
to
have disabled replication.
How can I disable referrals without disabling replication?
Thanks
B
Ben
2006-05-09 11:15:22 UTC
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Hi

I think stupidity got the best of me :-)

The folders not replicating are our SQL Server Backup Dump folders, the
default filter was blocking them.

Filter removed and we replicating.

Thank you for all your help

Regards

B
Post by Jill Zoeller [MSFT]
I just want to make sure I understand the sequence of events that caused FRS
Created a link with two targets and configured FRS.
Confirmed FRS was working (i.e., replicating) as scheduled.
Followed the procedure you mention below to disable a referral to one of the
targets.
Is my understanding correct? I was just making sure that you didn't actually
remove a link target or anything like that. The UI does not disable FRS when
a referral is disabled, so I wonder if something else has happened that
caused FRS to stop working. Have you checked the FRS event logs on both
targets? How about trying Sonar or FRSDiag from www.microsoft.com/frs to
check replication health?
--
This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.
Want to learn more about Windows Server file and storage technologies? Visit
our team blog at http://blogs.technet.com/filecab/default.aspx.
Post by Ben
Hi Jill
On our DC: SBS 2k3: Start > Administrative Tools > Distributed File System
Expand \\domain.local\RootOnDC
Select Link, select / right click target
Enable or Disable Referral
Under DFS Referral it now says disabled, file replication says enabled.
It has created the file structure on the other server but nothing else, I
must add that the other server is not a DC and does not have DNS server
enabled, the root server is a DC and has DNS enabled.
Thanks
B
Post by Jill Zoeller [MSFT]
Can you give me the exact steps you followed to disable the referral?
--
This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no
rights.
Post by Jill Zoeller [MSFT]
Want to learn more about Windows Server file and storage technologies?
Visit
Post by Jill Zoeller [MSFT]
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Post by Ben
Hi Jill
Thanks for your post.
Its SBS 2k3 root, Win 2k3 SP1 destination.
Distributed File System Version: 5.2.3790.0
Thanks
B
Post by Jill Zoeller [MSFT]
Disabling a referral should not affect replication in any way. Which
operating system and snap-in/tool did you use to do this?
--
This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no
rights.
Post by Jill Zoeller [MSFT]
Want to learn more about Windows Server file and storage
technologies?
Post by Jill Zoeller [MSFT]
Post by Ben
Post by Jill Zoeller [MSFT]
Post by Ben
Visit
Post by Jill Zoeller [MSFT]
our team blog at http://blogs.technet.com/filecab/default.aspx.
Post by Ben
Hi
We are introducing a backup server to our network to replicate to,
the
Post by Jill Zoeller [MSFT]
Post by Ben
Post by Jill Zoeller [MSFT]
Post by Ben
server is to act as a failover rather than for load balancing.
We have configured replication but have disabled referrals, which
appears
Post by Jill Zoeller [MSFT]
Post by Ben
to
have disabled replication.
How can I disable referrals without disabling replication?
Thanks
B
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