in our operation we have seen some file / folder ownership management problems (inability to take ownership) seen between relicated servers. ie a remote server is down = no way to transfer ownership to other servers / sites.
i think there is the need to have some improved functionality on this topic and other general topics relating to the replicated environment.
is it sufficient to accept that if a remote server is down that there is no way ever to get ownership back of files back? despite very short or zero lease times etc etc.
i would have thought that the provider server would be able to force ownership back to itself or other server if the files were not checked out. i have searched to no avail & also have been advised by our VAR group that we cannot do this.
if that is the case then i feel that with some consideration of improved functional development that this would be possible or at the least have something along the lines of automatical ownership transfer configure to send ownership from remote sites after hours, back to the server who owns the files again before business resumes the next day. that way if a site does not boot up at the start of business, the other remote servers have the choice to take ownership if it is urgent.
this may not be the answer but with sensible discussion and development there may be solutions to the situations that could arise.