NEW WAN development question

We have a customer with five locations. We are developing a plan to implement a WAN connecting all locations to HQ office with Point to Point circuits.

We have a single 2008rs  server at HW (DNS ,DHCP, FS, AD)
We are implementing an Exchange server at the same location.


In the past, I have set up MS Servers at all locations for DNS replication and file services(used DFS shares).

There are better ways to perform this for customers these days with WAN optimization.

Can anyone give me some experienced solutions to simplify and  cost effectivly optimise a WAN ?


This is a limited budget customer.

All traffic for the customer will be over the PtP including browsing.

We would really like to just deploy an optimised applicance to communicate with HQ's MS Server , store files locally,  and sync data files in the background.

Please offer your Expert advice.
atredoAsked:
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ryan80Commented:
The part about limited budget is most likely going to be the killer for WAN optimization. The appliances are not cheap. DFS, most likely DFRS with 2008, sounds like a better option unless you have huge amounts of files that will be taking up many TBs of space.
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atredoAuthor Commented:
Doesn't DFRS pse file locking issues across a wan with multiple servers?
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