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How to move the File Replication Service Staging Folder

The File Replication Service (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.

It may be necessary to relocate the FRS staging folder to a different logical or physical drive for the following reasons:

  1. You have FRS issue with Event ID 13552, 13555 and 13559 because of the low space.
  2. Prevent the FRS staging folder from consuming all available disk space on the hosting drive, which can potentially affect the stability of other components including the base operating system.
  3. Locate the operating systems on different physical drives to enhance component or operating system performance.
  4. Provide sufficient space to host the desired staging space limit.

To modify the FrsStagingPath attribute using the Adsiedit.msc tool that is included with the Windows 2003/NET Support tools:

1.

Start the Adsiedit program.

2.

Under Domain NC, locate the NTFRS subscriber object under the host computer account in Active Directory. The generic path for this attribute is: CN=Replica Set Name, CN=NTFRS Subscriptions, CN=Computername, DC=Domain Name,DC=COM

For example, to reset the staging path for the SYSVOL replica set of domain controller \\DC1 in the A.com domain, the Distinguished Name (DN) path for the FrsStagingPath attribute is:

CN=Domain System Volume (SYSVOL share), CN=NTFRS Subscriptions, CN=DC1, DC=A,DC=COM

Where (when you read the DN path from right to left):

DC=A,DC=COM is the domain hosting the computer account.
CN=DC1 is the host computer account in the domain nc (domain naming context).
CN=Domain System Volume (SYSVOL share) is the FRS subscriber object.
CN=NTFRS Subscriptions is the NtfrsSubscriber object that holds the FrsStagingPath attribute.

3.

Open the properties for the NTFRS subscriber object [in this example, it is Domain System Volume (SYSVOL share)], by right-clicking the object, and then clicking Properties.

4.

Click fRSStagingPath in the list of attributes and click the Edit button.

5.

Enter the path to the new location for the FRS staging folder and click OK.

6.

Click OK to close the Properties window.

7.

Update the staging path in the registry:

a.

Start Registry Editor (Regedt32.exe) on the server where you are changing the staging path.

b.

Locate the following subkey:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CCS\Services\NTFRS\Parameters\Replica Sets

c.

Locate the replica set you are updating the staging area for. All replica sets are displayed as a GUID. If you click a GUID, one of the values on the right is Replica Set Name. After you locate the correct replica set, change the value of Replica Set Stage to the new staging area path.

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