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Data Folder replication from one local file server to 2 remote file servers

Hello:

I have a task where we need to replicate data from one local file server to 2 remote file servers in the US and Latin America. Replication should take place at various intervals during the day to ensure the data at all 3 sites are current. The data consists of office documents, PDF, and minimal CAD files

I'm not sure that we have server 2003 R2 installed.

What would be the best approach?

Thanks,

Rm103
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e_vanheelCommented:
Windows 2003 R2 greatly enhances the Distributed File System (DFS).  You only need one server to be running R2, but the other servers must be 2003.  You can use the new DFS to present a new name space like \\DOMAIN.COM\ROOT or you can just use the file replication part of the service and use the local server file shares for access.

If you use R2 DFS, you will love it!
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KCTSCommented:
Agreed DFS looks like the answer to this problem, R2 introduced some big improvments in the way that DFS works and its reliability.
there is a nice intro at http://www.windowsnetworking.com/articles_tutorials/Configuring-Using-DFS-Replication.html
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rmq103Author Commented:
Thanks for the info. I just checked my local file server and its Windows server 2003 service pack 1. Can I upgrade to Release 2 from 2K3 service pack 1?
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e_vanheelCommented:
Yes. R2 is a second CD.  You will most likely need to buy a license for it.  If you already have a volume agreement, you may already have it.  If you are only testing, you can download a 180 trial.
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rmq103Author Commented:
Question using DFS share:

If I share the folder like in the above example: \\DOMAIN.COM\ROOT , does DFS know to access the file/folder that is closest to me?  

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e_vanheelCommented:
Depends on how you configure it.  Usually Active Directory Sites and Services primarially controls that.  Remember that \\domain.com\root is the actual root, the folders under Root can be pointed at server shares or folders used for organization.
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rmq103Author Commented:
One last question:

Can DFS control remote shares? My hardware looks like this: (2) 2003 servers and (1) Win 2000 pro workstation. I have one server aside from these that is R2 that can link to all the remote files.
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e_vanheelCommented:
Remember that DFS does not control shares, they simply point to them.  The Remote Office methodology is a key bullet point for Microsoft that allows shares on remote servers to be replicated back to a central local to perform backups and redundancy.  The servers partiicpating in DFS need to be Windows 2003, however, only one of them has to be R2 to take advantage of the enhanced features.
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