Configure site link cost

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

  1. Open Active Directory Sites and Services.

  2. In the console tree, click the inter-site transport folder that contains the type of link you are going to configure.


    • Active Directory Sites and Services/Sites/Inter-Site Transports/inter-site transport folder that contains the type of link you are going to configure
  3. In the details pane, right-click the site link whose cost you want to set, and then click Properties.

  4. In Cost, enter a value for the cost of replication.


  • To perform this procedure, you must be a member of the Domain Admins group or the Enterprise 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 Active Directory Sites and Services, click Start, click Control Panel, double-click Administrative Tools, and then double-click Active Directory Sites and Services.

  • The Active Directory Knowledge Consistency Checker (KCC) considers a site link with a higher cost to be less desirable than a site link with a lower cost. When multiple paths for replication are available, the KCC prefers the site link with the lower cost.

  • You cannot apply costs directly to site link bridges.

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


Managing replication
Replication between sites
Replication overview