I'm wondering if anyone has seen this done before, or has any guidance on the feasibility of this layout:
I'm considering setting up DFS on 3 geographically separate servers (running 2k3) all syncing back to a hub server in our corporate office. The first reasoning here is high-availability for our network files. A second benefit I'm hoping to achieve with this is reduction of backups... would it be possible to forgo the data backups in the remote locations, assuming the data is being synced with DFS? Will the synced data on the hub server be a full fidelity file that I can do a restore from in the case of data loss in one of the remote locations?
I am open to third party software that would allow me all of the benefits of DFS namespaces along with data mirroring if you can think of one. It's hard to beat the price of DFS, though!
Thanks a lot, and any suggestions/experiences help tremendously!