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Hi,

I am dealing with a DFS topology that has the main file servers in the datacenter and remote file servers at the remote sites.  My queries are

1).  An AD site should be configured for every physical site that has a dfs partner,   That site doesn't necessarily need a domain controller, the AD site is their for service localisation of the DFS root.

2).  The topology of this DFS root is hub and spoke.  The hub is configured as read-only and there are errors in the event log relating to the staging folder being too small.  This obviously has to be increased? I understand that high disk I/O can be caused by the stating directory not being big enough?

I found these links

http://blogs.technet.com/b/askds/archive/2011/07/13/how-to-determine-the-minimum-staging-area-dfsr-needs-for-a-replicated-folder.aspx

http://blogs.technet.com/b/askds/archive/2010/03/31/tuning-replication-performance-in-dfsr-especially-on-win2008-r2.aspx
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by:BlueCompute
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1) You should have an AD site corresponding to each physical site, yes.

2) It will still work fine with a small staging area, the process is just less efficient.  You may as well increase the staging area as described in the links you provide.

3) What was your question again?
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by:cmatchett
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So what would be the result of no sites being defined for each of the remote sites?

The hub site servers are configured as read-only DFS partners.

There is just a single site with the associated subnets
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If you don't define sites then there's no point in using DFS, as clients will get referrals to arbitrary DFS targets which may be out of site.

Adding sites using the sites and services snap-in is trivially easy, probably the easiest bit of setting up DFS!  On the other hand, if you have multiple physical sites, but have not defined sites in AD then your active directory is probably screwed up in all sorts of other ways.

Consider recruiting a technical support professional to help you with this.
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