Hi Folks -
My list of Top 10 Features in Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 included DFS Replication. In this post, I’ll take a closer look at the enhancements we made to DFS Replication and how you can benefit from them.
DFS Replication (DFS-R) is a service in the File and Storage Services role. It provides a means of efficiently replicating folders—including those referred to by a DFS namespace path—across multiple servers and sites. DFS-R uses an algorithm called remote differential compression (RDC), which detects changes to the data inside a file and enables DFS Replication to replicate only the changed file blocks instead of the entire file.
New capabilities related to DFS Replication in Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 include:
Improvements to existing DFS-R functionality include:
Here are some additional sources of information on the improvements to DFS Replication in Windows Server 2012 R2:
Replication is one of the most sought after functionalities in all of computer science. Being able to seamlessly move, synchronize and make data available in different locations around the globe was considered magic just a few decades ago; now you can do it with ease for a fraction of the cost. When you layer DFS-R on top of award-winning file protocols, file systems, and deduplication capabilities, you can see that you get a lot for your money with Windows Storage Server 2012 R2.
Cheers, Scott M. Johnson Senior Program Manager Windows Storage Server @supersquatchy
Is DFS Replication on a Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 backward compatable with an Active Directory Windows Server 2008 Domain Level environment or must I upgrade my AD Domain Level to 2012?