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File Server Replication


Here i have a fairly straight forward network of 4 sites, currently with 2 file servers at 2 of the sites which the other 2 rely on.

The load on these servers is increasing, also the location of people needing constant access these servers is constantly changing. Creating stress on my already expensive WAN. All users access the various shares via mapped network drives defined using logon scripts.

My question is can i implement some sort of "dynamic" replication, where a copy is present on each file server and they are somehow keep each other updated independently of the users.
Or is this wishful thinking and am I living in a dream world!

Both servers are Windows 2008 standard edition.

If i can find some sort of reasonable solution i will probably locate another file server in the 2 remaining locations.

Any comments or ideas would be greatly appreciated.

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Yes, the DFS Replication feature performs exactly the function you describe.  The specified folders sync up with each other at the intervals and using the bandwidth that you define.  Users automatically access the share on the server closest to them, so they are not constantly pulling files over WAN links.

The initial replication is slow, but once it's in place only changed files get copied.  it is a very nice solution.

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marky1984Author Commented:
Sorry for delayed reply, thanks for the answer, been playing with it over the past few days and is a very nice little solution, Thanks!
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