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DFS Replication in Server 2003

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This is a very basic question, but, since I'm very new to DFS, I have to ask it.  Suppose you have a link under your main root (\\domain\namespace) called "Installation Files" that points to a share called Install (d:\install).  I have created this share on all servers, and want all files in the PDC replicated to the other servers so that users in those other subnets have quicker access to these files.  I have created targets under "Installation Files" corresponding to each of the other servers and have configured a Custom topology whereby the PDC "pushes" the content out to the other servers but they send nothing back.  My question then is, in checking to see if this is working, should I expect to see all the files from the PDC in the d:\install directories on each of the other servers assuming replication worked, or is that not actually how it works?  I'm not seeing this in my current situation, as d:\install on the remote DC is not identical to d:\install on the PDC.  Also, if I try to browse the Installation Files directory by going through My Computer to the namespace folder and then Installation Files, it tells me that that folder is not accessible.  However, if I type \\domain\namespace in a run box and then double-click on that Installation Files folder, I see all the contents I'd expect to see, but I don't know for certain if those are the files on the PDC or on some other location on that remote DC.  Does what I'm saying make sense and can anyone help clarify this for me?  Maybe I'm not seeing the forest for the trees...
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what version of windows 2003 do you have? R2?

Basically, you have the idea correct.... \\DOMAIN\Share is how the shares should be accesses, and the content of that share folder should be identical on each DC unless you tell it to replication back of course

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/technologies/storage/dfs/default.mspx
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I am using Standard Edition, SP2.  So then you're saying I shouldn't be seeing all the same files in the actual d:\install folders on each server, right?  Whatever files were there (perhaps none) prior to initiating Replication will be all I will ever see in those folders?
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you should see the files turn up at every site - thats what DFS does, it replicates those files across....if it isnt doing so, then something isnt right in the config
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Well then I'm definitely having problems.  I've been getting a 13508 Event ID on the remote servers ever since setting this up, but I guess that's another question to post.  Tried posting that one a little while back and got no responses...
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the old file replication service errors - seen this?
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb727056(TechNet.10).aspx
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Well, not that specific site, but I've gone through troubleshooting 13508 without 13509 before to no avail.  However, I will try again and may post an additional question if I can't resolve it still.  Thanks for your help!
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