DFSR stops replication after a dirty shutdown in Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2

Applies to: Windows 7 EnterpriseWindows 7 ProfessionalWindows 7 Ultimate


Consider the following scenario:
  • On a domain server in a Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 environment, you have a Distributed File System Replication (DFSR) service folder.
  • Many replication activities appear in the folder.
  • The domain server performs a dirty (unexpected) shutdown.
  • NTFS journal wrap occurs after the dirty shutdown.

In this scenario, the DFSR replication of folders stops working after the DFSR garbage collection task is performed.


When there is a dirty shutdown, DFSR updates records by restamping and marking records as GC VersionVectorTombstone. Journal wrap also marks the record as not present. The garbage collection task goes into effect, and the database GUID is added as tombstoned GUID. DFSR then marks the database GUID as stale. When a new file is created, it is stamped with the stale database GUID. This causes the record to be filtered out from the version vector because it is a stale database. Therefore, replication does not occur.


Hotfix information

A supported hotfix is available from Microsoft Support. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing the problem described in this article. This hotfix might receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the next software update that contains this hotfix.

If the hotfix is available for download, there is a "Hotfix download available" section at the top of this Knowledge Base article. If this section does not appear, contact Microsoft Customer Service and Support to obtain the hotfix.

Note If additional issues occur or if any troubleshooting is required, you might have to create a separate service request. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for this specific hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Service and Support telephone numbers or to create a separate service request, go to the following Microsoft website: Note The "Hotfix download available" form displays the languages for which the hotfix is available. If you do not see your language, it is because a hotfix is not available for that language.


To apply this hotfix, you must have Service Pack 1 for Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 installed.

Restart requirement

You must restart the computer after you apply this hotfix.

Hotfix replacement information

This hotfix does not replace any previously released hotfix.


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.


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