Data Replication or Backup?

The Scenario is we got 1 SBS 2011 Server at a main office with around 30 workstations then 3 external offices with approx 8 or 9 workstations connecting to it all via a LAN to LAN VPN Tunnel. Internet Connection at all sites averages around 40MB down and just under 10MB Upload.

The External Offices PC's are domain joined to the SBS and have worked absolutely fine however each user has their own my documents data and they have been increasing in staff.
We had been getting them to work on their my documents folders/files locally then installed syncback on each PC to backup to the SBS at the main site once or twice a day (as when I tried to get them working live on their my docs across the VPN tunnel in the past the users complained about the speed being too slow and it was unworkable for them)

We want to get a better more reliable solution that doesn't require so much baby sitting (i.e. checking each PC's individual syncback log each day to make sure it worked etc, and to be honest it's always causing an error here or there due to some users having long file names etc)
I was going to suggest a Standard Windows Server at each external site to allow DFS to automatically do the data replication of their my documents?
I haven't ever had to configure/setup DFS before but I know in theory this is what it's supposed to do and is possibly their best solution?

Any feedback about potential ideas would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in Advance.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
We have a couple of branches for one client and we do not have servers at the site. So we do it the way you do. We do not have an issue with long file names and provide ongoing training and support to prevent this. SyncBack can be scheduled (and you may be doing this).

Adding a server at each branch will bring its own set of management and requirements that you need to consider. It will also be more expensive. Otherwise, it certainly will work. You need to pay attention to overly long file names in this scenario as well.
8 or 9 workstations per site or total for the three remote sites?
DFS is merely a conduit, your user setup will need to transition to roaming users (optional) with folder redirection to consolidate the data onto the server that will then replicate. Note replication only occurs when the file is closed. the design, of whether the branch data is replicated back. and is only accessible at the branch and the HQ/SBS.
Along with presumably another share/s....

RODC+Filesharing//print server One site should have a regular DC just as a backup to SBS DC/AD.

configuring the DFS replication schedule and bandwidth available for replication....

Note temporary (fsutil,file ) will not replicatre along with certain extensions.
David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
use folder redirection with offline files..
Hint: even if you have only 1 server use DFSR and point the share at the domain share location so that in the future you want to change the server all you do is add the server to the targets of DFSR wait for things to replicate and then remove the original server.  Also check the box to have the files moved back when the gpo is no longer active.
Cris HannaSr IT Support EngineerCommented:
I'm a little surprised that no one has suggested setting up Terminal Services Serversuch  (now called Remote Desktop Servicesupport Server) at the main office and move all data to the main office

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