2007-11-02 03:41:00 UTC
Is there a definitive answer to how to "pre-stage" or "initially-replicate"
existing content in a DFS system across to a new Replication Group partner?
For example, say I have 100GB of existing content in DFS (on sites S1 and
S2) and want to add a new site S3 to the Rep Group. How should I initially
get the data to S3? I have experienced problem with this before (& read of
others as well), where only new adds/deletions get replicated, but the
existing content doesn't go across.
1. Copy it off the DFS server at S1 onto a portable drive and load it onto
the server at S3 PRIOR to adding S3 into the RG, and then setup the RG? Will
it then all get shoved into a PRE_EXISTING folder, ie a waste of effort?
2. Copy it to a NTBackup tape at S1 and restore it to site S3? Is this done
before or after adding site S3 to the RG? I have tried to pre-stage using
Backup before with admittedly low success.
3. Do nothing, just create the extended Rep Group and wait for the content
to magically move to S3?
If possible I would really prefer to pre-stage (or init-rep) off-WAN, ie
using tape or disk, for obvious WAN performance reasons.
Many thanks to anyone with recommendations.