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How to tell workstations to use the DFS Windows 2008 R2 file server at a certain location

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I have two file servers connected over a Cisco VPN using DFS to replicate the shares. How do I get the workstations at one location to use the server at their location for the shares rather than the other location?
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You have to configure Active Directory sites and services, so that AD knows what subnets are associated with each site.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh341470%28v=ws.10%29.aspx
How does DFS target selection work?

In Windows Server 2003, DFS offers three methods of target selection: default target selection, restricted same-site target selection, and least expensive target selection (also called site-costing).
Default Target Selection

By default, DFS lists referrals in the following order:

    Link or root targets in the same site as that of the client. Within this set, DFS lists the targets randomly.

    Link or root targets in sites other than that of the client. Within this set, DFS lists the targets randomly.

Essentially, the client connects to a target in its site if a target is available. If no targets are available in the client's site, the client connects to a random target outside its site regardless of the bandwidth cost, connection speed, or the target server's processing load.
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Awesome. One more basic but necessary question, how do the workstations know which site they are at.
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