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DFS between SBS 2003 and 2008 Server - Possible?

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Last Modified: 2012-05-06
I have a company with 2 seperate domains (not a forest).

One domain is run on a SBS 2003 R2 server. The second is a new 2008 Server (Standard) DC/file server hosting a virtual 2008 Term Server.

I would like to set up a DFS between the shares on the SBS 2003 domain and the Server 2008 domain. I have gotten mixed messages on DFS in SBS 2003 - but have heard after updating the schema that it works well.

This replication would be over a WAN - site to site VPN tunnel (SonicWall)

Anyone use or come across this configuration before? Remember, these are 2 completely seperate domains.

I welcome the input.
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Is there a trust between the domains?   If not I don't believe you will be able to use dfs...

May try something such as robocopy to just copy the files in this way you'd be able to use a mapped drive letter & or have username/password stored for each location!

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We upgraded the SBS 2003 machine to a full version of Server 2003. Establishing a trust between the 2 domains and then goingon from there. You can only take a config like this so far with SBS.

Thanks for the input.

-MP out.
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