I've got 3 servers

DC and File server 1 in one location File Server 2 in another location

They are all connected to the domain, and running DFS.

When I set up a replication group and try and include File Server 2, it says the network path is not found. Have I missed something? I'm sure this should be possible

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    Yes it's certainly possible. Do you have a VPN in place between your sites? Are all of the relevant network ports open and able to traverse the VPN? – EEAA Apr 29 '13 at 23:32
  • I have no Vpn...is this a requirement? It looked like it was possible without. Firewal is all correct – Paul Apr 29 '13 at 23:45
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    Well yes, DFS will require VPN. If you don't have VPN at the moment, how is File Server 2 connected to the domain? – EEAA Apr 29 '13 at 23:50

You need a VPN connecting your two sites.

DFS relies on several ports being open between member servers, none of which have any business travelling unencrypted over the internet.

This page details what ports are required for DFS Namespace communication and DFS Replication.

  • I did a bit more research, and turns out you can do it without a VPN...it just uses RPC encrpyption, but it is possible – Paul May 1 '13 at 10:35

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