Does DFS replicate files and folders between targets on Win 2003 SP2?

Is it possible to configure DFS on WIndows 2003 SP2 server so that it will replicate files and folders between two different servers? Or does it only replicate the DFS links?  I have set up a DFS link with targets on two different servers and enabled replication. Files placed in the target folder on server A are not replicated  to the target on Server B, although the system did create the "DO_NOT_REMOVE_NtFrs_PreInstall_Directory" in the target folder on server B.

The reason I want to use DFS is to replicate files between two servers so that files will always be available if one of the servers becomes unavailable. Will Windows Server 2003 SP2 do this or must I upgrade to R2 to have this functionality?
bradberAsked:
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RickSheikhCommented:
If properly configured, files will replicate in your Windows Server 2003 SP2 DFS.. DFSR was introducted with R2 http://www.windowsnetworking.com/articles_tutorials/Implementing-DFS-Replication.html# and was an enhanced version over previous DFS (the DFSN and DFSR) was combined in pre W2K3-R2 versions. Instead of using the old FRS engine the DFSR uses smarter RDC based compression algorithm relpcation.
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bradberAuthor Commented:
Thanks for your comments Rick. Based on what you have said. I suppose that something is not configured correctly.   The articles that you referred to are all about how to configure DFS on R2.  
Keeping in mind that I am not running R2, could you suggest some configuration troubleshooting steps?
Why is it that the only folder that was replicated to the target is the the " "DO_NOT_REMOVE_NtFrs_PreInstall_Directory"?

Here is what I have done so far:

Started the New Root Wizard and filled in the following:
selected Domain DFS
Domain Root name: FileRoot
Host Server: ServerA
Folder to share: D:\Folder


After creating the above I created a root target as follows:
New Root Target
Server Name: ServerB
D:\Folder


I set up Hub and spoke replication and published the DFS root in AD.


THen I set up a new link as follows:


TestLinkA
Target:  D:\testlinkfolder on Server A, shared as \\ServerA\TEstlinkfolder
Target:  D:\testlinkfolder on Server B , shared as \\ServerB\TEstlinkfolder

I configured these for Hub and spoke replication but the only thing that replicated to Server B is the "DO_NOT_REMOVE" directory. There two files in the TestLinkFolder on Server A that did not get replicated to server B. Can you help determine why the files are not being replicated?

Thanks for your help!
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bradberAuthor Commented:
I still have some replication issues but you did give me a direct answer to my original question so I am closing this question and awardign the poiont. Thanks for the help!
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