Add a Member to a Replication Group

Updated: October 16, 2013

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

Follow this procedure to add a member to a replication group by using DFS Management.


To add a member to a replication group by using Windows PowerShell, use the Add-DfsrMember cmdlet. The DFSR Windows PowerShell module was introduced in Windows Server 2012 R2.

To add a member to a replication group

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

  2. In the console tree, under the Replication node, right-click a replication group, and then click New Member .

  3. Follow the instructions in the New Member Wizard.

    Before making a member of a replication group read-only, review the Performance Considerations section of Make a Replicated Folder Read-Only on a Particular Member.

    To include a failover cluster in a replication group, see Add a Failover Cluster to a Replication Group.


Configuration changes are not applied immediately to all members except when using the Suspend-DfsReplicationGroup and Sync-DfsReplicationGroup cmdlets. The new configuration must be replicated to all domain controllers, and each member in the replication group must poll its closest domain controller to obtain the changes. The amount of time this takes depends on AD DS replication latency and the long polling interval (60 minutes) on each member. To poll immediately for configuration changes, open a command prompt window and then type the following command once for each member of the replication group: dfsrdiag.exe PollAD /Member:DOMAIN\Server1. To do so from a Windows PowerShell session, use the Update-DfsrConfigurationFromAD cmdlet, which was introduced on Windows Server 2012 R2.

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