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Windows® Internals, Sixth Edition, Part 1 by David A. Solomon Mark E. Russinovich and Alex Ionescu

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Distributed File System Replication

Distributed File System Replication (DFS-R) provides bandwidth-efficient, asynchronous, multimaster replication of file-system changes between servers. In addition to general-purpose, file-system replication (for example, keeping data on multiple DFS-N link target shares in sync), DFS-R is also used for replicating a domain controller’s \SYSVOL directory, which is where Windows domain controllers store logon scripts and Group Policy files. (Group Policy permits administrators to define usage and security policies for the computers that belong to a domain.) Because DFS-R supports multimaster replication, file-system changes can occur on any server, potentially simultaneously, and DFS-R will automatically handle ...

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