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file server replication / sync remote offices for company wide file sharing

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I need recomendations on a remote office file replication software.  We are challenged with multiple large offices that need to share files.  I dont want to offer remote office shares in fear of massive bandwidth use and slow user performance.

I know about sharepoint... but that would still be slow for some users..  What other optinos are there?
any replication solutions work well?
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Keith Alabaster earned 750 total points
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We use Double-Take which seems to work quite well.
Alternatives we looked at were Altiris
We also looked at simply using terminal service connections for the very large apps as we could control the data transfer sizes at the http level.

Third alternative we reviewed were the Juniper wan accelerators that are extremely efficient in passing data between locations.
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I haven't used Double-Take, but I too have heard very good things about it.

Server 3003 offers DFS with file replication. I have never been a fan of it, as it uses a lot of bandwidth, but the new 2003 R2 version only replicates changes and is supposed to use FAR less bandwidth and perform much better. It seems to me though one server must be Enterprise version to take advantage of all the DFS improvements.
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/technologies/storage/dfs/default.mspx
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Hark at Rob and his time-travel. Server 3003? I'll be 200 years old when that comes out!!

I think I have ignored this topic area for too long rob :)
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I suppose you are still on server 3000  :-)
Whoops. Good catch !
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oups sorry..
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Thanks ecszone.
Cheers !
--Rob
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:) Thanks to Venabili too
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When the Askers return, all is good.

Venabili
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