Currently when you enable replication to remote sites, you have wait untill all data is synced. All this data can be huge in total size. 40GB+. We have slow links to these site and it's going to take forver for all the patches to replicate. Would be nice if you could copy the replication folder to a removable drive, drive it to the other location and copy it into a folder and have it sync.
I know of customers that do that today.
They just copy/paste the repliated data they replicated locally, then send that out on a thumb drive/USB drive to the sites, and we will MD5 check the files and mark them as already replicated
If I'm not mistaken, the recommended method for this is to create a replication point on a local machine to an external drive.
Then move the drive to the remote location physically where you connect it to the desired machine and create the replication to that device.
Point replication at:
Once complete, move \external to remote-client and change the replication settings to point.
Now data doesn't take so long over the network and only changes are sync'd not the whole set.