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DFS Namespace Servers and Multiple sites

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Hi all,

I have a DFS namespace setup in site 1, with folders setup within that.  I have mapped drives to the domain-based namespace such as \\domain.local\public\BranchData as N: drive on client machines.

I am now going to add a new branch DC and implement DFS on this server.  I want folders i choose to be replicated over a VPN link using DFS to the branch DC.  I want users experience to be transperant therefore working on the copy of the data in their site which has been replicated or is closest to them.  

My question is, do i need the second branch DC to also be a DFS namespace server? Or do i simply leave my setup as is and setup a second folder target on the folder i want to replicate (\\domain.local\public\BranchData - for example) and when a user tries to access the information in the DFS tree, DFS points them to the data which is has been replicated to their site?

Does adding a server in a different site as a second namespace server mean that server will receive all data via replication over the VPN link?

Thanks in advance...
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I would recommend that you add the other server as a namespace server. If the link were to go down between sites, the branch site would not be able to contact a namespace server if there was not one locally.

Adding the namespace server to the local site will not replicate the data - just the namespace. DFS-N(amespace) is separate from DFS-R(eplication). Choose the folders that you would like to replicate to the branch site and configure the settings appropriately (Lowest cost referrels and/or exclude targets outside of the client's site - depending on desired results).
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