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Non-AD DFS Replication

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Last Modified: 2012-06-27
I would like to set up two servers to replicate accross a WAN using DFS replication in Server 2k3. Can I do it with stand-alone namespace, or does the namespace need to be ad-based? Thanks!
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The answer to this kind of depends on what you are using DFS for? Are you using it for data collection and backup purposes or are you using it to allow users in 2 distinct sites to collaborate and share documents etc.
This is a very good front to back read on DFS and namespaces


The part you care about is probably this part.

Domain-based namespaces - These namespaces are stored on both your namespace servers and within Active Directory. Storing namespaces in Active Directory makes them easier to search for in a domain-based networking environment, but the size of domain-spaced namespaces is limited to around 5000 folders. Also, a domain-based namespace can be hosted on more than one namespace server to provide fault tolerance.
Standalone namespaces - These namespaces are stored only on name servers and not within Active Directory. The advantage of this approach is that you can host ten times more folders (up to 50,000 folders) in your namespace, but to make your namespace fault-tolerant you have to use clustering since a standalone namespace can only be hosted on a single server.

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I don't believe I can use DFS to do what I am looking for, as I can't cluster the servers for several reasons, and don't manage the AD that we are in.
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