Enable or Disable Replication on a Specific Member
Updated: October 16, 2013
Applies To: Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2
You can enable or disable replication with specific members of a replication group. However, it is important to understand the ramifications of doing so. After a disabled member is enabled, the member must complete an initial replication of the replicated folder. Initial replication will cause about 1 KB of data to be transferred for each file or folder in the replicated folder, and any updated or new files present on the member will be moved to the DfsrPrivate\PreExisting folder on the member, and it will be replaced with authoritative files from another member.
If all members are disabled for a replicated folder, then the first member that is enabled will automatically be made the primary member. If the discretionary access control list (DACL) on the local path for this member contains any inherited access-control entries (ACE), these ACEs will be converted to explicit ACEs with the same permissions so that all members will have the same DACL on the replicated folder root.
Follow this procedure to enable or disable replicating a replicated folder to a specific member.
To disable a membership by using Windows PowerShell, use the Set-DfsrMembership –DisableMembership $true cmdlet, but to pause replication, it’s better to disable the connections by using the Set-DfsrConnection cmdlet on the member or use the Suspend-DfsReplicationGroup cmdlet. The DFSR Windows PowerShell module was introduced in Windows Server 2012 R2.
To enable or disable replicating a replicated folder to a specific member
Click Start , point to Administrative Tools , and then click DFS Management .
In the console tree, under the Replication node, click the replication group that contains the membership you want to enable or disable.
In the details pane, click the Memberships tab.
Select the replicated folder on the specific member, and then do one of the following:
To disable the replicated folder on the member, right-click the replicated folder, and then click Disable .
To enable the replicated folder on the member, right-click the replicated folder, and then click Enable .
Membership changes are not applied immediately. The membership changes must be replicated to all domain controllers, and the member must poll its closest domain controller to obtain the changes. The amount of time this takes depends on AD DS replication latency and the short polling interval (5 minutes) on the member.