I would like to have your comments on the following.

Our customer has DSfW running on OES. The AD consist of several Win2008 boxes. Users and Groups are in eDir on OES. Workstations running on Win7 without Novell Client. Samba provides access to OES file system.

Question is; are the user objects replicated to other DC's within AD?

In other words: Will the AD be available for user authentication when DFsW is not running?

Many thanks in advance.