File replication

Posted on 2006-03-23
Last Modified: 2010-04-18
I am looking to replicate files between 2 Windows 2003 Enterprise servers.  Initially I had thought that DFS would do that, but it seems to just make it look like the files are there rather than them actually being there - or I just set it up wrong.

What is the best way to replicate files between 2 Windows 2003 Enterprise servers?  I would prefer to do it with some sort of Windows service or other free MS product and not use batch files or Scheduled Tasks.
Question by:SkipFire
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    Accepted Solution

    Yes, you can actually host the files between two+ locations. You may have set it up wrong.

    Check this out: same idea, but with 2003 R2

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    Author Comment

    The articles mention adding components listed under DFS, but I do not have a DFS option in the root of Windows Components, and I don't see it as a subcomponent anywhere either.

    How hard is upgrading to R2?  Does it wipe everything out, or do you get to keep your installed applications and configurations?  I have the software and it looks like it is required for DFS replication.
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    Expert Comment

    Try this one:

    What components do you mean? You have DFS installed correct?
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    Author Comment

    If you read the articles you referenced it says you need to install DFS components, I don't have a DFS in the list of Windows Components and that DFS Replication is a sub-component of the DFS component.  I do have DFS installed because I am able to use it, just not getting it to do what I want it to do yet.  The third article you mention stops after getting the shares setup and is as far as I have gotten, it doesn't go into how to setup DFS replication.
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    Author Comment

    Looks like what I was missing was setting up a second root node, and then the option to configure replication showed up.
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    Expert Comment

    by:Giuseppe De Francesco

    from Microsoft docs:

    1.      In the Distributed File System snap-in console tree, right-click the DFS link for the replica set, and then click New Root Replica.
    2.      On the Specify the Host Server for the Dfs Root screen, type the name of the other server that will access the folder in the Server name box, and then click Next.
    3.      On the Name the Dfs Root screen, type a unique name for the existing root in the Dfs root name box, type an appropriate comment about the new root in the Comment box, and then click Next.
    4.      Review the creation information, and then click Finish.


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