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How can I Stage DFS (copy files and then move server to new physical/logical site)?

I am getting ready to implement Distributed File System on 2- 2003 Servers...only 1 of them is R2 so I will not be using the R2 version of this. My question is this...How can I 'stage' DFS so that the files are copied to the second server before the server is re-addressed and moved to a new subnet/site? I am trying to avoid replicating the initial data over the WAN connection at first...It's been a while but it seems that I tried to simply move the server to a new Active Directory site previously but that 'broke' the DFS. Can someone tell me the best way to do this?
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Joseph DalyCommented:
First I would HIGHLY reccomend using the R2 version of DFS. The non R2 version relies on FRS and from what I have read can be a nightmare to work with. It may be worth it to upgrade to R2.
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FIFBAAuthor Commented:
If it was my choice I would upgrade...but it's not. I've set up both R2 and non R2  DFS before so I kinda know what I'm getting in to...Just need a way to replicate the initial data over the LAN and then move the server to a new subnet...
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Joseph DalyCommented:
Prepping the dfs to go is fairly simple just by going through the wizards. Select your servers, select your folders, and create the links.

Are you doing namespaces as well?
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FIFBAAuthor Commented:
Won't be doing namespaces...Like I said though, after this is done I will be changing IP address of server and moving to a different active directory site. Last time I did this, it 'broke' DFS and I had to begin replication again. Has that been your experience or should I be able to change IP/site info without it breaking DFS?
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Joseph DalyCommented:
We just did this about 2 weeks ago for two of our jobsites down in florida. We had the two side by side on the lan for initial replication. Since it was GB ethernet it replicated insanely fast. We then shut down the PC that was going to our other office moved it and brought it up in its new home. We made the necessary changes to the IP address and I generated a DFS report. Everything was fine. I tested by creating a folder waiting a bit and it appeared on the other end.

Now as far as I know as long as the two sites can talk to each other you shouldnt have a problem. Again though this is with R2 DFS, DFS with FRS might be different.
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FIFBAAuthor Commented:
OK, thanks for the help. The time where I had trouble in testing actually involved a domain and a child-domain so that may have been a factor. I'll just do this like normal and hopefully everything will be good when it gets moved.
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Joseph DalyCommented:
My guess is that everything will be fine as long as the new site that you are moving the server to has access to 1. the other partner dfs server and 2. a domain controller to pick up site link information.
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