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Folder Replication Windows Server 2003

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We would like to replicate a folder on one server to 2 other servers so we only need to keep one updated.  I heard about DFS but not sure if thats the best or eaisest  option. any one have any info on how to set this up? thanks guys
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What kind of information will be on it?  How large will it be?  What kind of access (read only or modify) will users have?
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How often/quickly do you want it to replicate, how often will it be updated.
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well we use a program that accesses letters and every day / all day different letters out of the folder is accessed.  all users will have access to the files but i would like it to replcate daily  the current size of the folder is 35mb with about 400+ files in it.  each server has a copy of this folder on it so users off site can access the letters from their server.  its just a pain to have to update all 3 folders we would rather have one folder that is updated and replicated to the other 2.  
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You could use DFS, but if you only want to replicate it daily, you could use RICHCOPY or ROBOCOPY and a scheduled script.  I believe with both you can set it to copy a folder in the sense that it only copies the changed/added files and also removes the deleted files.  So if you have a folder that day 1 looks like this
File1
file2
file3

And on day 2 looks like this
File1
File3
File4

It will only copy file3 and file4 and it will delete file2 from the target.

DFS will work, and it sounds like you won't have the issues that occur when the same file is modified in different locations and "last save" wins.  But the RICHCOPY or ROBOCOPY solutions will have less overhead and once you set up the schedule and script if you make a change in the middle of the day you could just kick the script off.
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how would i go about using DFS
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so will this copy the files from one folder to another?
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I wish someone would respond is this in the right section?
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DFS (Distributed File System) will copy files from a folder on one server to a folder on another server, yes.

You can set up multiple replicas, too.  
Here are more links:
http://www.windowsnetworking.com/articles_tutorials/Implementing-DFS-Replication.html
http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Server/Q_22973848.html
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