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Will DFS work for programs as well as for data files?

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I want to set up a second 2003 server and use DFS to make both data and program files available to users if the first server goes offline. The first server is 2003 standard and the second has not been installed yet. Would I be better off to install only 2003 standard or 2003 standard R2 on the second server? Alao can I make both data files and programs available with DFS? I have used DFS for data before but not for programs.
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The problem you will have with programs is that many programs today require registry entries to work properly. I assume the way you will configure this is that you will install the programs onto the client machines, but set the install path to the network location?

You shouldn't get any issues with the files of a program if you put them on a DFS share, but you will need to make sure that, if required, the program has the appropriate registry entries and other settings on the client machines. Provided you point the client shortcuts to the correct DFS share then they won't have a problem locating the files.

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Exactly the problem I was anticipating. The programs are preferred to be run on the server using terminal services. I may be able to install some of the programs on the remote machines and have them access files on the server thru the VPN.
Any suggestions would be appreciated. ACT! is the program that worries me the most. I will also contact the Representative to see what they have to say. I know already they prefer the access to the program on the server thru the VPN.
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Well, this isn't a DFS issue, it's more of the programs you are using being installable and compatible across a network. It doesn't matter where you install the programs and whether that location is a DFS share or not. If you are accessing the programs through Terminal Services, then the registry entries will all be there on that server so you won't have issues in that case, just install the programs to the DFS share and away you go, no further information required.

Once you start trying to install non-networkable programs onto a network (whether a DFS share or not) you start getting issues due to the registry entries as I've already mentioned.

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My programs  can be installed locally, or on the terminal server, and access that way. The data bases will replicate. I think it will all work out.
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