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File Replication service (FRS) may change the name of a folder by adding "NTFRS_xxxxxxxx" to the folder name.
Note In this example, xxxxxxxx represents eight random hexadecimal digits.
The following is an example of two frequently changed folders:
07/29/2002 09:58a Policies
07/29/2002 09:58a Policies_NTFRS_000add30
07/29/2002 10:18a scripts
07/29/2002 10:02p scripts_NTFRS_000874bb
When two users create a folder of the same name on two different replicas, File Replication service (FRS) detects a name conflict during replication.
One of the create operations take precedence and that folder retains the name. The other folder name is changed.
There are two common causes of this problem:
To resolve this problem, follow these steps:
All files and folders that FRS manages are uniquely identified by a special file ID called a file GUID. FRS uses file GUIDs as the canonical identifiers of files and folders that are being replicated.
FRS tries to make sure that the GUID for each file or folder is exactly the same on all members of the replica set. To FRS, the file or folder name visible in Windows Explorer or the DIR command is just a property of a file or folder. The name and path are not the identifier of the file. The GUID is the identifier of the file.
If an FRS member receives a change order to create a folder whose name already exists but has a different file GUID than the pre-existing folder, FRS detects a naming conflict. Because the file GUIDs for the two folders are different, it cannot be a change to the existing folder. In this case, the conflicting folder is given a new name of the form FolderName_NTFRS_GUIDname.
Note In this example, FolderName is the original name of the folder and GUIDname is a unique XX character string such as "001a84b2."
Administrators should be aware that group policy processing will not work during the clean-up process. This is because the UNC path in the policy will not match the folder name.
Article ID: 328492 - Last Review: November 29, 2007 - Revision: 3.1
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