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DFS Targets -- combining without replication?

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I have a new DFS root that I created. I am using Windows 2003 R2, so I am using the new "DFS Management" snap-in to create them, using the new DFS engine.

I have a site A, and site B. My DFS Namespace is "\\domain\home". Unfortunately, half of our 'home' folders are located in site A, and the other half in Site B. If I look at the DFS, it only shows me one of the two sites -- obviously the one that I am in. The problem is, that if I go to Site B to work, then I won't see my user folder.

Is there a way to combine DFS so it shows you ALL the folders in both sites? I don't want to REPLICATE -- I just want to show all the folders. If you go to one folder that \\domain\home\userA, then you go to the file server that folder is in. If you go to a different user, it may be a different file server hosting the folder. I want to be able to see both folders from Site A, and Site B.

Any ideas? Thanks very much!
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by:mcsween
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The best way to do it would be to create 2 links in DFS  (SiteA_Home, SiteB_Home) and udpate the user profiles correctly.  This way the user will always see the correct home directory.  Your only other option would be to replicate the directories to each site.
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The problem with doing that, is that we have users who move between sites -- myself being one of them. Our login script won't work that way, I want to make it a standardized thing so that they don't have an issue when moving between sites.

Replicating the data is going to be a costly affair -- it's over 2TB of user data on each side, so I'd have to have a minimum of about 4TB on each side to handle the replication.
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If this is for home folders I suggest not mapping these folders through a login script but rather defining them on the Profie tab in Active Directory Users and Computers.  If we are referring to public folders I would just map the drive to the root of the DFS and instruct users to enter Site_A or Site_B based on where they normally live.
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Another option would be to define the login script through a Group Policy Object and link then to an OU where the users reside.  For example create 2 separate GPOs and under User Config | Windows Settings | Scripts logon/logoff | logon define the login script for that site.  Then move all the users from Site_A into their own OU and the users for Site_B into their own OU.  Link the approperiate GPO to each OU and remove the logon script on the user's profile tab.
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