How to Install DFS Replication Role and Configure Replication Groups on Windows Server 2016 /2012 R2

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DFS Replication is an engine that allows you to synchronize folders on multiple server across your LAN and WAN connections. A great feature of this role is that you can schedule and throttle your synchronization as needed.

Installing DFS Replication on Windows Server 2016 step by step;

    • On the Server Manager Console click on Manage then select Add Roles and Features.
    • On the Add Roles and Features Wizard click Next up to the Server Roles Page.
    • On the Server Roles Page, expand the File and Storage Service then select DFS Replication
    • After selecting the DFS Replication click Ok on the additional required tools and then click Next.
    • On the Features Page, click next.
    • On the Confirmation Page, review and then click Install to initiate the installation process.
    • After role is installed open the DFS Management Console to start your Replication configuration.
    • To start a new Replication Group right-click on Replication, select New Replication Group and replication type.
    • On the New Replication Group Wizard Name and Domain page assign a name and required domain.

    • On the Replication Group Members page, add required servers including the source server.
    Important: remote servers will require the DFS role installed and also the Folder structure as well.
    Servers Example:
    • On the Topology Selection page, select your needed in my case will be Hub and Spoke

    • On the Hub Members page, select your Hub Member (s) in my case will be only one server
    • On the Hub and Spoke Connections page, review current members and click next.
    • On the replication page, select the first option and choose your bandwidth

    • On the Primary Member Page, select your source server then Next.
    • On the Folder to Replicate page, add the folders that will be replicated then Next.
    • On the Local Path of Global on Other Members page, select the local path for each server and then Next.
    • On the Review page, make sure everything is configured as expected then click Create to deploy your DFS replication Group.

    • Update the Quota if required, in my case I updated to 50GB because of my content.
    • Done ! you have installed your DFS Replication Group, now you are able to copy content to your main source global folder and it will automatically distribute to all your hub members.

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