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How to setup DFS to replicate shared data

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We have 2 sites, Site A and Site B. AD is setup running the R2 schema extensions. The need has arisen to use DFS to replicate shared data located on Server1 in Site A -> Server2 on Site B, and to allow for any additions / changed to the folder on Server2 on Site B to be replicated back to Site A's Server 1.

In other words, they would like to use DFS to replicate documents between 2 sites for collaboration, and make the same documents available on both sites. Is this making sense?

Anyone got any guidance as to how to achieve this? Any step by step guides available?  Is this a case of DFS Namespace or DFS Replication? I have done some research, and the more I read the more confused I get.

Also, is there any requirement to have a 2003 Enterprise R2 server in your domain to facilitate for DFS in some way?
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To do what you want (replicating data) you want to use DFS replication.

Here is a step by step on how to set it up; http://www.windowsnetworking.com/articles_tutorials/Configuring-Using-DFS-Replication.html

You would need to use 2003 Enterprise if you need DFS setup between 2 different domains.
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do you know of any microsoft articles stating the OS requirements.... ie whether or not you require 2003 Enterprise server R2, ect.

Thanks for the step by step.... i will try it in the morning and revert.
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you basicly set up replication between 2 servers running r2 as DFS is much better. once you have set up the replication publish the replication group in the domain \\domainname\namespace and map users to that namespace so if any of the replication severs goes down they will beable to still see the files on the other member

you can also group folders from different servers into the namespace  so users just need one mapped drive if they use different folders on different servers
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just need 2003R2  be it standard or enterprise but as said above i think you need enterprise if the servers are on seperate domains
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I am using DFS between a Windows 2000 server and a SBS2003 server with no issues. It surprisingly works quite well.
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Just keep in mind that enabling a server for DFS in two-site scenarios will enable the users in site A and  B  to simultaneously change the same documents.

Check the referral and preference options in the guide to prevent for such scenario…
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In a case as above, it is best to use some sort of CVS checkout system then.
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