I need help restructuring (or recreating) our current DFS structure.
Current scenario: I have two Corporate Engineering groups: one located at Main-HQ and another at ENGR-HQ. I have 4 other remote locations, each with their own engineering group. Each corporate group needs "local" access to everyones files. Each of the other groups only need "local" access to their own files. Right now, Main-HQ has everyones files and they are being replicated to ENGR-HQ via DFS-R. Everyone accesses the files via a single namespace (\\domain\engineering\) but everyone outside of the two HQ offices are accessing the files remotely.
What I need to do is split the data up by location (5 sites) and use targets to each locations server share so that each location is working "locally" but accessing the share through the same UNC path and have each location replicate their share to the corporate office so the corporate guys have "local" access to all the files. Then I want to replicate everyones files to the same location they are currently being sent to.
Here are my questions and concerns:
1. The current namespace is in use and Im not sure how its setup so I want to avoid interupting service to this namespace. Should I create a new namespace?
2. All the current data is on the existing namespace server. Once the data can be put back on the appropriate server, should the replicated data go on another server? Basically, should the namespace server be just a namespace server?
3. Once all the replication links are established, should the new "all-inclusive" folder be replicated to another site or should I setup two replication links; one to each server that needs all the data?
I hope this is clear. If not, I can try to explain in more detail.