Exclude files or subfolders from replication

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

To exclude files or subfolders from replication

  1. Open Distributed File System.

  2. Click the domain DFS root or link for which you want to manage replication. On the Action menu, click Properties.

  3. On the Replication tab, next to File filter (for files) or Subfolder filter (for subfolders), click Edit.

  4. Type the name of a file or subfolder you want to exclude from replication.

  5. Click Add to add the file or folder name to the exclusion list, and then click OK.


  • Do not create File Replication service (FRS) replica sets on a volume that is managed by Remote Storage. Otherwise you might severely impact system performance and possibly cause data loss within your media library.

    FRS might need to periodically read every file in the replica set to send the file contents to another computer. This causes FRS to recall all files that Remote Storage has sent to secondary storage, which might take a long time (hours or days). If you use tape for your secondary storage, remember FRS recalls files in directory order rather than media order, so the excessive number of tape seeks performed by FRS will likely ruin the tapes and cause data loss.


  • To perform this procedure, you must be a member of the Domain Admins group in Active Directory, or you must have been delegated the appropriate authority. As a security best practice, consider using Run as to perform this procedure. For more information, see Default local groups, Default groups, and Using Run as.

  • To open DFS, click Start, click Control Panel, double-click Administrative Tools, and then double-click Distributed File System.

  • Automatic file replication through the File Replication service is only available with domain DFS.

  • When typing the file or folder name to exclude from replication, you can use the asterisk (*) or the question mark (?) as wildcard characters. For example, *.tmp matches all files with the .tmp extension.

Information about functional differences

  • Your server might function differently based on the version and edition of the operating system that is installed, your account permissions, and your menu settings. For more information, see Viewing Help on the Web.

See Also


Show a DFS root
Remove files or subfolders from the exclusion list