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DFS Replication

Windows Vista

Default Description

(Retail) Replicates files among multiple PCs keeping them in sync. On Client, it is used to roam folders between PCs; on server, it is used to provide high availability and local access across a wide area network (WAN). If the service is stopped, file replication does not occur, and the files on the server become out-of-date. If the service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will not start.

(Service Pack 1+) Enables you to synchronize folders on multiple servers across local or wide area network (WAN) network connections. This service uses the Remote Differential Compression (RDC) protocol to update only the portions of files that have changed since the last replication.

Additional Information

This service is installed by default, but if not needed, you may uninstall under Control Panel > Programs > Programs and Features > Turn Windows features on or off > Uncheck “Windows DFS Replication Service”.

Default Startup Type

Vista Home Basic Manual Manual Manual
Vista Home Premium Manual Manual Manual
Vista Business Manual Manual Manual
Vista Ultimate Manual Manual Manual
Vista Enterprise Manual Manual Manual

Service Names

Service Name (registry): DFSR
Display Name: DFS Replication

Default Path and Command Line Options


Log On As

Account: Local System Account


What service DFS Replication needs to function properly:

What other service require DFS Replication to function properly:

  • None (HB, HP, B, U)

Additional Reading

None at this time.