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This article describes how to reset the File Replication service (FRS) staging folder to a different logical drive or folder for existing FRS replica members.
Important This section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up and restore the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(https://support.microsoft.com/kb/322756/ )How to back up and restore the registry in Windows
The FRS is a multi-threaded, multi-master replication engine that replaces the LMRepl service in Microsoft Windows NT version 3.0 and Windows NT version 4.0. Whistler-based and Microsoft Windows 2000-based domain controllers use FRS to replicate policies and logon scripts that reside in the System Volume (SYSVOL) for Whistler-based and down-level clients.
FRS can also replicate the content between servers that host the same fault-tolerant Distributed file system (Dfs) roots or child node replicas.
The FRS staging folder is a temporary store for files that replicate to downstream partners of SYSVOL or Dfs replica sets. Files in the FRS staging folder may consume disk space up to the limit assigned in the Staging Space Limit in KB option [(REG_DWORD) registry entry (Default = 660 MB)], or up to the amount of free disk space on the hosting drive, whichever is less.
For FRS replica sets that host gigabytes of content, it may be necessary to relocate the FRS staging folder to a different logical or physical drive to:
For computers that are running Windows Server 2003, Windows 2000 Service Pack 3 (SP3) or an equivalent (including the Q321557 and Q321557 versions of Ntrfs.exe on Windows 2000-based computers), you can set the staging path by using the Ldp.exe program or the Adsiedit.msc utility by modifying the FrsStagingPath attribute on the NTFRS subscriber object under the host computer account in Active Directory.
To modify the FrsStagingPath attribute using the Adsiedit.msc tool that is included with the Windows. NET Support tools:
WARNING: If you use the ADSI Edit snap-in, the LDP utility, or any other LDAP version 3 client, and you incorrectly modify the attributes of Active Directory objects, you can cause serious problems. These problems may require you to reinstall Microsoft Windows 2000 Server, Microsoft Exchange 2000 Server, or both. Microsoft cannot guarantee that problems that occur if you incorrectly modify Active Directory object attributes can be solved. Modify these attributes at your own risk.
Microsoft recommends that you follow step 2 in the preceding event message because the FRS staging folder may contain thousands or tens of thousands of files in the original staging folder all of which may be destined for one or more downstream partners. In Windows Explorer, you can view the files in the staging folder. On the Folder Options menu, click the View tab, and then click to select the Show hidden files and folders check box. Copy the files to the new staging folder, and then follow the remaining steps in the event log message.
Event Type: Warning
Event Source: NtFrs
Event Category: None
Event ID: 13563
Time: 7:13:01 PM
Description: The File Replication service has detected that the staging path for the replica set DOMAIN SYSTEM VOLUME (SYSVOL SHARE) has changed.
Current staging path = E:\Windows\Sysvol\Staging\Domain
New staging path = E:\Frsstage
The service will start using the new staging path after it restarts. The service is set to restart after every restart.
It is recommended that you manually restart the service to prevent loss of data in the staging folder.
To manually restart the service do the following:
 Run "net stop ntfrs" or use the Services snap-in to stop File Replication service.
 Move all the staging files corresponding to replica set DOMAIN SYSTEM VOLUME (SYSVOL SHARE) to the new staging location. If more than one replica set are sharing the current staging folder then it is safer to copy the staging files to the new staging folder.
 Run "net start ntfrs" or use the Services snap-in to start File Replication service, followed by "net start ntfrs".
For more information, visit Help and Support Services at http://search.support.microsoft.com/search/?adv=1.
Update domain junction pointResetting the FRS staging location also requires that you update the domain junction point under staging areas.
Set the staging area pathUse the following method to modify the fRSStagingPath parameter for a domain controller in Active Directory to change the location of the staging area folder on that domain controller. Perform this procedure at the console of the domain controller that is hosting the SYSVOL that you must reconfigure.
Note The following credentials and tools are required to set the staging area path:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=84dfe61e-fb7b-4673-89b8-55bcc801b431&displaylang=enFor more information, click the following article numbers to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(https://support.microsoft.com/kb/221111/ )Description of FRS entries in the registry
(https://support.microsoft.com/kb/265085/ )Moving FRSStagingPath requires non-authoritative restore
Article ID: 291823 - Last Review: March 2, 2007 - Revision: 6.5