DFS-R: There should not be a large number of replication conflicts in the replicated folder '{0}'

Updated: April 27, 2010

Applies To: Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012

This topic is intended to address a specific issue identified by a Best Practices Analyzer scan. You should apply the information in this topic only to computers that have had the File Services Best Practices Analyzer run against them and are experiencing the issue addressed by this topic. For more information about best practices and scans, see Best Practices Analyzer.

Operating System

Windows Server 2008 R2


File Services






DFS Replication experienced a large number of replication conflicts in the replicated folder '{0}' that belongs to the replication group '{1}'. This indicates that users are editing the same files almost simultaneously on multiple servers. DFS Replication is not meant for real-time collaboration scenarios because it uses the last-writer-wins conflict resolution strategy.


Users will lose their updates if a newer version of the file with conflicting changes is replicated in from another replication member.


If the replicated folder '{0}' is part of a DFS namespace, override the DFS referral ordering so that users are referred preferentially to a single folder target. To allow multiple users to work closely with the same files, consider using the file check-out feature of Windows SharePoint Services.

To override the DFS referral ordering on a folder target, see Set Target Priority to Override Referral Ordering.