Create a Diagnostic Report for DFS Replication

Updated: October 16, 2013

Applies To: Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2

DFS Management includes the ability to run a propagation test and generate two types of diagnostic reports—a propagation report and a general health report:

  • Propagation test    Tests replication progress by creating a test file in a replicated folder.

  • Propagation report    Generates a report that tracks the replication progress for the test file created during a propagation test.

  • Health report    Generates a report that shows the health of replication and replication efficiency.

Follow this procedure to create a diagnostic report for DFS replication.


To create a diagnostic report by using Windows PowerShell, use the Start-DfsrPropagationTest, Write-DfsrPropagationReport, and Write-DfsrHealthReport cmdlets, which were introduced in Windows Server 2012 R2.

To create a diagnostic report for DFS replication

  1. Click Start , point to Administrative Tools , and then click DFS Management .

  2. In the console tree, under the Replication node, right-click the replication group that you want to create a diagnostic report for, and then click Create Diagnostic Report .

  3. Follow the instructions in the Diagnostic Report Wizard.

Additional considerations

  • To create a diagnostic report, you must be a member of the local Administrators group on each server that you prepare a report for.

  • The amount of time necessary to generate a diagnostic report will vary based on a number of factors, including: DFS Replication health; the number of replicated folders; available server resources (for example, CPU and memory); WAN availability (connectivity, bandwidth, and latency); and the chosen reporting options. Because of the potential delay in creating diagnostic reports, we recommend creating diagnostic reports for no more than 50 servers at a time.

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