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The term for what you're asking is called preseeding, and yes it is possible. You can do it many different ways, such as using robocopy or Windows Server Backup. To use robocopy, an example command would be: robocopy "<source replicated folder path>" "<destination replicated folder path>" /e /b /copyall /r:6 /w:5 /MT:64 /xd DfsrPrivate /tee ...


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So I used this article in my search. I set everything up and still had issues. After spending several days looking into the problem and excluding everything 'Microsoft' I guessed it was Network related. Turns out our WAN Accelerator was the issue. I had our Networking guys turn off acceleration for our Domain Controllers and everything got better.


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DFS namespaces use some referral magic to find \\my.dom.com\somecrap if it is on any of the domain controllers -- not just the ones where the namespace is specifically hosted. Non-DFS shares do not have this feature. Normally, you would make each DC a replica for the somecrap namespace by adding them to the Namespace Servers tab on your DFS Management for ...


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You ask very interesting question that may need deeper technical investigation. My opinion is that Windows "thinks" \\my.dom.com\SimpleSharedFolder is a part of some DFS namespace. But it cannot find related AD information to build a list of target servers that offer folder's contents. Explorer just displays it as empty folder. What happens is (I suppose): ...


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So I am sure you found the SYSVOL folder (where Group Policy files are stored) at \\my.dom.com. By default that is replicated between all DC's in the domain ('08 uses via DFSR [Distributed File System Replication] & '03 uses FSR [File Replication Service]) so clients can query the domain \\my.dom.com & whichever DC is closet responds I speculate ...



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