Windows server 2003 R2

Discussion in 'File Systems' started by Chip pellegrino, Apr 5, 2006.

  1. I currently have Windows 2003 server standard edition not r2. I saw that
    dfs replication under r2 does delta replication and the non r2 version does
    not. Is there an upgrade path to r2? Or is there an upgrade for the dfs
    replication service that will enable delta replication? Or would i have to
    go out and buy a copy of windows server 2003 R2 even though it is a "minor"
    Chip pellegrino, Apr 5, 2006
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  2. Here's a KB article that covers R2 upgrades:;EN-US;912309. The
    replication engine in R2 is brand new, and the only way to get this feature
    is to install R2--there is no way to install this service separately from

    You might also want to check out the Licensing FAQ at

    To answer your question:

    Q. What happens if I already have Windows Server 2003 but have not
    purchased Software Assurance for the server?

    A. If you want to upgrade to Windows Server 2003 R2, you will need to
    purchase a Windows Server 2003 R2 license for each server that you will be
    upgrading. Unlike service packs and feature packs, Windows Server 2003 R2 is
    the full operating system and requires a new server license.
    Jill Zoeller [MSFT], Apr 5, 2006
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  3. A client plans to use dfs to replicate a file server to a DR site. Do they
    need R2 on both servers, (local & DR site)? I'm probably not going to be
    able to upgrade the exsisting File server but the DR site server has yet to
    be built. There is no DFS currently in place.
    steve tretakis, Apr 5, 2006
  4. Any server participating in DFS Replication will need to run R2. With R2 one
    just one server, you can use File Replication Service, but there are many
    benefits to be gained from using DFS Replication instead of FRS.

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    Jill Zoeller [MSFT], Apr 5, 2006
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