DFS-R: The DFS Replication service should be started and have a startup type set to Automatic

Updated: July 10, 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, seeBest Practices Analyzer.

Operating System

Windows Server 2008 R2


File Services






The DFS Replication service is either disabled or has not been started on this server.


Files will not be replicated to or from this server while the DFS Replication service is not running.


Use the Services MMC snap-in to set the DFS Replication (Dfsr) service startup type to Automatic. Check that the service is running on the server.

To set the DFS Replication service to start automatically by using a Command Prompt window

  1. Click Start, right-click Command Prompt, and then click Run as administrator.

  2. Type sc config dfsr start= auto.

  3. To confirm that the service is in the RUNNING state (also known as the Started state), type sc query dfsr.