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Linking Sites for Replication

Updated: June 8, 2005

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

To link sites for replication, create a Site Link object in the IP transport container and add two or more sites to the link. Use a naming convention that includes the sites that you are linking. For example, if you want to link the site named Seattle to the site named Boston, you might name the site link SEA-BOS.

After you add two or more site names to a Site Link object, the bridgehead servers in the respective sites replicate between the sites according to the replication schedule, cost, and interval settings on the Site Link object. For information about modifying the default settings, see Changing Site Link Properties.

At least two sites must exist when you create a site link. If you are adding a site link to connect a new site to an existing site, create the new site first and then create the site link. For information about creating a site, see Adding a New Site.

Task Requirements

The following tool is required to perform the procedures for this task:

  • Active Directory Sites and Services

To complete this task, perform the following procedures:

  1. Create a site link object and add the appropriate sites

  2. By default, the KCC runs every 15 minutes to generate the replication topology. To generate the intersite topology immediately, perform the following two procedures:

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