Today while doing a demonstration on deploying a server-to-server replica group on Windows Server 2016, I had a new error message pop up.
New-SRPartnership : Unable to create replication group RG02, detailed reason: The system cannot find the file specified.
What threw me off was the “The system cannot find the file specified”. Well, here is the command that I used:
-SourceComputerName LON-SVR1 `
-SourceRGName RG01 _`
-SourceVolumeName M: `
-SourceLogVolumeName N: `
-DestinationComputerName LON-SVR4 `
-DestinationRGName RG02 `
-DestinationVolumeName M: `
-DestinationLogVolumeName N: `
I did not specify any file. I logged into LON-SVR4 and tried to look for the StorgeReplica log. It was not present. When I executed Get-WindowsFeature –Name Storage-Replica, it returned a state of InstallPending. Problem solved.
My code was executed from the other member of the replica. It rebooted before it told the other server to do so. My mistake. I still do not know what file it was referring to, but the reboot needed to complete the installation fixed the problem.