Create Support Procedures and Train the Operations Staff
All administrators who add or change content in FRS replica
trees should understand the implications of multimaster
replication, including the following points:
FRS supports a multi-master file replication model in which any
computer accepts and replicates changes to any other computer
taking part in the replication configuration.
Administrators should be aware of the bandwidth impacts of
changes that they make in the replica tree.
Any changes made to a file in a replica tree will occur on all
other members of the replica set. Administrators must never attempt
to help FRS by making the same change on other members of the
If an administrator makes a change to a file, and it later
seems the changes have been reversed, then it might be a case of
"dueling administrators;" that is, another operator is making
changes in the same file and has overwritten the earlier changes.
In this case, administrators should try to contact other operators
to see if this is the case.
Any files that administrators delete on one member will also be
deleted on all other members.
If administrators rename a file or folder so that it is moved
out of the replica tree, FRS treats that as a delete on the other
If two operators create identically named folder at the same
time (or even before the first created directory has reached the
other computer) on the same server, then morphed folders occur.
Morphed folders occur when two or more identically named folders on
different servers are added to the replica tree. FRS identifies the
conflict during replication, and the receiving member protects the
original copy of the folder and renames (morphs) the later
inbound copy of the folder. The morphed folder names have a suffix
of "_NTFRS_xxxxxxxx," where "xxxxxxxx" represents eight random