DFS Replication & UE-V


I've just taken over at a new company and they've got two locations and they're using roaming profiles on a Server 2008 R2 domain with Windows 7 Clients.

They've got a DFS namespace in place but no DFS replication. The namespace is merely consolidating network paths.

The way I'm going to sort the user profile issues is to use UE-V. I can specify a group policy for the network path the UE-V personalisation settings based on location e.g Computers in Site A look at \\sitea-server\UEVShare to get their policies. whilst Site B users have a policy set on their site which looks at \\siteb-server\UEVShare to get theirs.

What the ideal setup would be is just \\domain.com\DFSShare-UEV to allow both sites to use this namespace so I could use one policy, and each site would look at the copy at their site (little cost). The question here is the DFS replication bidirectional? Could a user logon in Site A make some changes and then would it have replicated by the time they got back to SIte B (2 hr train)?

Thoughts welcome!


Jack LloydTechnical Services AnalystAsked:
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Will SzymkowskiSenior Solution ArchitectCommented:
Could a user logon in Site A make some changes and then would it have replicated by the time they got back to SIte B (2 hr train)?

This really all depends on your replication interval. DFS is bi-directional so change that are made in one site will be present in the other. Below is a link which illustrates exactly how DFS replication works. DFS also has a lot of features where you can manipulate the replication traffic/interval/ect.

This is also right from the article above.
Remote differential compression (RDC) is a protocol that can be used to efficiently update files 64 kilobytes (KB) or larger over a limited-bandwidth network


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