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Which Windows Server Editions are supporting DFS-R?

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I have problems to figure out, which Windows Server Editions does include DFS-R functionality.
When I look at the Microsoft website (http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/us/r2-compare-specs.aspx),
I can see that Cross-File Replication (DFS-R) is only included in Enterprise and Datacenter Editions.

But I am wondering, if there is DFS-R functionality (without Cross-File Replication) also in the Standard and Foundation editions?
I need a URL, which I can show to our customers.

Best regards,
Volker :-)
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DFS-R is supported in the standard version of server. I do not know about foundation.
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I need an official URL from Microsoft.
The link above does not state any details about DFS-R (replication).
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technet isnt a microsoft resource? Thats new to me.
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by:kurthv
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1) The link refers to a Technet _forum_
2) The link does not answer my question

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If you looked at the link that was present there. It does show you that DFS is supported. But since you cant bother to click on the link here it is spoon fed to you.

DFS is supported under the File Services server role. You will see that it is supported with the exception that was mentioned in the technet article.

I hope a microsoft.com web address will satisfy your requirements.

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/us/r2-compare-roles.aspx
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by:kurthv
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My question was about DFS-R (the 'R' is important here)!
Also have a look at the link I mentioned in the original question.
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by:Joseph Daly
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DFS and DFS-R are one in the same when you are speaking about server 2008. If you were talking about pre R2 server 2003 there would be a diffrerence. The pre R2 version DFS utilized the NTFRS to perform its replication. Starting with 2003 R2 DFS-R became the standard which is still in place today.

Cross file rdc is an optional component of DFS-R that is availble in the enterprise and datacenter version of server 2008 it is not available in either standard or foundation.
 
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by:kurthv
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Can you provide me with a link, that I can show to our customers?
The link, that I mentioned is very irritating, because it looks like Cross-File Replication and DFS-R is the same.

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You don't get it, right?

Please compare:
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/us/r2-compare-specs.aspx (especially line1)
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/us/r2-compare-roles.aspx 

I need a source, which explains:
- DFS-R is included in Standard and Foundation editions
- DFS-R (Cross-File Replication) is an additional option only available in Enterprise and Datacenter editions

When you look at the first link, then a customer could get the impression, that DFS-R and Cross-File Replicaion is the same!
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Perhaps you arent the right person to be explaining to your customers if you yourself cant understand the differences between the DFS versions?
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The question was not answered!
The provided links were the same that I already mentioned :(
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