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DFS Replication possible with two standalone Server2008R2 boxes?  All DC's are old Server2003 and

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Hi all I dearly hope someone can help.  It would be enormously useful if I could set-up DFS replication between two Server 2008R2 boxes.  Replication of the data is the priority really it need to be at both site A and B the data is WDS images of machines.

I thought I was home and dry until I got the below...

"domain_name: The Active Directory Domain Services schema on the domain controller dc_name cannot be read. This error might be caused by a schema that has not been extended, or was extended improperly. Schema version 30 is not supported."

So I did some research and established what the problem is.  We need to upgrade the Schema which is unfortunately not a viable option.  Is there any method by which I can simply force the two servers to replicate their data using the DFS management console regardless of our old legacy setup?
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If you can't update the schema, you can't use DFS-R with the Windows 2008 R2 boxes. You can use Windows 2003 R2, or use some other method to get the images replicated, such as robocopy or rsync.

Why can't you update the schema? It is a safe, non-disruptive change as long as all domain controllers are online and replication is healthy.
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Hi
    There are few things which you needs to understand and these are by design
1.You need w2k3r2 DC
2.Schema needs to be updated
3.Maked 2008r2k as ADC if there is no other option
please go through this article for you understanding

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc773238(v=ws.10).aspx
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc778621(v=ws.10).aspx
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As mentioned, you can update the schema without updating the DCs to 2008 R2.  There is no licensing cost for this option and it is a requirement for using DFS-R.  Once the schema is up to date, you're good to go and DFS-R is a beautiful thing.

Is the schema update not viable because you don't want to include your AD Admins in this setup or is there another reason?
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