Create a Diagnostic Report for DFS Replication

Applies To: Windows Server 2008

DFS Management in Windows Server 2008 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 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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