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Accessing the local folder using DFS Replication

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We have succesfully implemented DFS File Replication between two sites (Site A and Site B). We were wondering though will the users at Site B automatically access the DFS share on the Site B server or will they access the share on the site A server?

The Replcation group was setup as Multi Purpose Replication group to minimize the bandwidth for the users of Site B always having to come across the link to access the files in the Site A share.

If this does not happen automatically, is there a way to ensure that the users in Site B always access the share in Site B and vice versa?

Many Thanks in advance.
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DFS has two parts, namespaces and replication. Which server gets accessed is controlled by namespace. You need to make sure that you have your AD sites configured properly. The clients will use the AD site topology to pick the closest server. I have seen clients somehow pick the wrong server, but it is rare.
Fron the client you can see which DFS target you are using by right clicking on a folder, select properties, and go to the DFS tab.
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Thanks.....it would make sense that the Site topology woudl be used, but never having implemented this we wanted to confirm asn none of the documentation confirms this either.

We will check out properties of the folders and let you know.

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