Should I be using DFS?

I have 7 offices all connected with T1's.  Currently all data is housed in our HQ site for backups and security.  The 6 field sites suffer because of this and have slow access to files.  

My question is:

Should I be using DFS to copy all this data to each site so they can work off of local copies rather than across the VPN's. Obviously that would help with speed issues, but will I run into too many problems with overwrites and files that are being opened by multiple users at the same time.  

I really looking for advice here.


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Justin DurrantConnect With a Mentor Sr. Engineer - Windows Server/VirtualizationCommented:
What I would do is look into compression technology something like riverbed.
Basically it compresses the files from HQ to the offices.  I didnt think it would be worth it or make that big of a difference but the effects are dramatic.
DFS will work as well as long you have servers at the remote sites.
AmericomConnect With a Mentor Commented:
If you have Win2k3 server and domain, you may want to upgrade it to R2 as the DFS works much better. If you cannot upgrade, you may want to consider expend the AD schema to include the new DFS replicaiton objects from R2 installation disk. DFS from Microsoft is fine but if you can spend $, you may want to look at other product such as XOSoft from CA or similar product. Where these product allow you to control when and what bandwith to use during replicaiton. You can also do assesment as well as running post report etc.
stl-itAuthor Commented:
Riverbed is really expensive.....  Some of our sites only have a few users so it would be hard to justify that kind of money.

All of my sites are R2.
Justin DurrantSr. Engineer - Windows Server/VirtualizationCommented:
Def go with DFS if you are running R2.
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