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Branch Office technology in Windows Server 2003 R2 – Part I

October 5th, 2005 by Patrick Elliott

Ever tried to synchronize that folder of Word documents or that big PowerPoint presentation over a WAN link? If you’ve tried this using anything other than Windows Server 2003 R2’s DFS Replication service you’re probably using a lot more time and bandwidth to handle this routene task.

This introduction to Microsoft’s Branch Office commitment in Windows Server 2003 R2 will give you an overview of some of the new features available in the upcoming release of the product.

What is DFS Replication?
Distributed File System Replication (DFS-R) is a robust multi-master file replication service that is significantly more scalable and efficient in synchronizing file servers than its predecessor, File Replication Services (FRS). DFS-R supports automated recovery from database loss or corruption, scheduling and bandwidth throttling of replication schemes, and multiple replication topologies.

The newly redesigned Distributed File System (DFS) contains state-of-the-art replication, management, and compression technologies that ensure the efficient use of bandwidth. DFS leverages Distributed File System Namespaces, Distributed File System Replication, and Remote Differential Compression as enabling technologies.

Remote Differential Compression is one of the many improvements made to DFS in Windows Server 2003 R2, by only calculating whats changed in a file, and then only replicating that, DFS in Windows Server 2003 R2 saves you time and money on expensive and sometimes slow WAN links.

If you’re interested in trying DFS in Windows Server 2003 R2, visit the Windows Server 2003 R2 Customer Preview Program web site — and download and install the software today.

Also be sure to check out the Branch Office FAQ

Look for more “R2 Technotes” here soon!

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3 Responses

  1. Patrick S Says:

    Good review/technotes thing! (If that makes sence!)

  2. Jabez Gan Says:

    Finally some proper R2 articles! 😀

  3. Patrick E Says:

    🙂 I was encouraged by higher powers to spread our love of R2 externally