Why isn't dfsrmig.exe covered in any MCITP book? RRS feed

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  • Hey guys. First of all, I don't know if this is the right place to ask this question. I'm currently working for a customer on a migration from a 2003 domain to 2008r2. I've writting an RFC which contains every step, with fallback scenario's and everything you need to know when upgrading domains. This morning, I spoke to a colleague (who's almost AD MCM) asking me if I included the SYSVOL migration, from FRS to DFS, with the dfsrmig.exe tool. I always thought the DFS migration of the SYSVOL folder was done automatically when upgrading the domain functional level to 2008 or above, but apparently, it does not.

    The reason I'm starting this discussion is that the DFS replication of the SYSVOL folder is one of the reasons for this customer to upgrade to 2008. Why is this crucial step not included in any of the MCITP SA of MCITP EA books? I've checked them all - not one of them mentions dfsrmig! They do contain a lot of information about running ADprep and other steps when upgrading domains. Why isn't dfsrmig included?

    • Changed type Mr. Wharty Wednesday, December 5, 2012 10:50 PM
    Wednesday, December 5, 2012 10:24 AM


  • From MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-640): Configuring Windows Server 2008 Active Directory page 326

    Understanding Migration Stages

    Because SYSVOL is critical to the health and functionality of your domain, Windows does not provide a mechanism with which to convert replication of SYSVOL from FRS to DFS-R instantly.........You move your domain controllers through these stages, using the Dfsrmig.exe command.

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    Jeff Wharton
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    Wednesday, December 5, 2012 10:58 PM