Whats does the File Replications Service NOT copy?

A. The File Replication Service (FRS) is Windows 2000's answer to the old LMREPL service from NT 3.x and 4.0 and is far more powerful in scope with its multi-master replication engine.

A replication cycle is triggered once the NTFS change log detects a file in the DFS or SYSVOL tree has been closed. 3 seconds is given before the replication is started as an aging cache so that only the last iteration of a file being rapidly changed is copied.

The following files/folders are not replicated:

  • Folders that are outside of FRS. FRS replicates files and folders in SYSVOL by default. The contents of DFS fault-tolerant roots and child replica members are replicated when replication has been enabled in Dfsgui.msc and each level of the namespace is "backed" by more than one Windows 2000 server.
  • Files with a .bak or .tmp extension, or files that begin with ~. Note that file and folder filters can be modified in Active Directory by using a suitable editor such as Ldp.exe (a Resource Kit utility) or Adsiedit.msc. 
  • EFS-enabled files and folders. EFS-encrypted files are computer-specific and are excluded from replication.
  • Changes to a file or folder's last access time.
  • Changes to a file or folder's Archive bit.
  • NTFS mount points.

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