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How can I run DFS on a Windows 2008 server in a Windows 2003 domain?

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I would like to implement DFS on my Windows 2003 domain. I first tried it on Windows 2003 Standard SP3 servers and encountered a 64 GB limit to what it is able to replicate. I was told that 2003 runs FRS for replication, but Windows Server 2008 uses DFS replication and has a much higher limit.

So next I installed DFS role services on a Windows 2008 R2 64 bit  Enterprise server. I tried to set up a domain-based DFS namespace but when I go through the "new name space" wizard, I get an error saying the namespace server cannot be added. The object identifier does not represent a valid object."

I have also set up a stand-alone namespace but am not able to get it to replicate. There are two targets for the stand-alone namespace. When I run the "replicate folder wizard, I get the following error:

" active directory domain services schema on Domain Controller  X cannot be read. This might be caused by a schema that has not been extended, or was extended improperly ..."

What must I do to get this working? Is it possible to run DFS on Win2008 servers in a Windows 2003 domain or must the domain first be upgraded to a Windows 2008 domain?

What if I create the domain namespace on a Windows 2003 server and then set up replication via the Windows 2008 DFS management console. Would that work?

Thanks for any help you can provide.

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