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(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/256986/EN-US/ )Description of the Microsoft Windows Registry
The File Replication Service (FRS) is a multi-threaded, multi-master replication engine that replaces the LAN Manager Replication Service (LMRepl) in Microsoft Windows NT 3.x and Windows NT 4.0. Windows 2000 domain controllers and servers use FRS to replicate system policy and login scripts for Windows 2000 and down-level clients. You can also use FRS to replicate files and folders between Windows 2000 servers that are hosting the same fault-tolerant Distributed File System (DFS) root or child replicas.
This article describes the relocation of the FRS staging directory for existing FRS replica sets. The steps in this article apply only to the releases of FRS in Windows 2000 Build 2195, Windows 2000 Service Pack 1 (SP1), and Windows 2000 Service Pack 2 (SP2). For additional information about the process for relocating the staging directory for Windows 2000 Service Pack 3 (SP3) and Windows 2000 Service Pack 4 (SP4) releases of NTFRS, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/291823/EN-US/ )How to Reset the File Replication Service Staging Folder to a Different Logical Drive
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The FRS staging directory is a temporary store for inbound and outbound files that are replicated between direct replication partners. When DFS or SYSVOL replica sets replicate a large amount of data, the logical or physical drive that is hosting the staging directory may fill, or require a dedicated physical drive for maximum throughput.
Update the Staging Path to a New Location
The "new" member uses inbound connection objects to contact the existing replica set that sends the new member a list of all files in a given replica set that are held in common. Files in the PreExisting directory on the new member whose MD5 checksums match the version on the existing member are copied to the target directory. All other files are replicated from existing members.