Duplicate Vertex Face Blender 2.5 Duplivert Dupliface

Blender 2.5

Is Duplicate Faces and Duplicate Vertices known to work with a
hierarchy of empties, modifiers, etc … ??

Third Revision of this question.
Object Panel, Duplication Sub panel
This is a question about the strength and correctness of

  1. duplicating objects on faces and verts
  2. the human user trying to use duplicate face and duplicate vertex

Duplicate faces and duplicate verts works with a simple monkey object
in 3d View and Render Image.
Success.

Duplicate faces and duplicate verts to does NOT appear to work with a more complex hierarchy of objects
Partial visibility in 3d View and NO visibility in Render Image.
Failure

Is Duplicate Faces and Duplicate Vertices known to work with a
hierarchy of empties, modifiers, etc …
or is the user abusing blender by expecting the feature to do too much?
I want to duplicate animated objects hierarchies.
Must I use Particle Systems?

Thanks for your help

More details

In the blender document
There is a circle mesh named circle2010 with faces … which will be the controlling parent.
There is a simple monkey suzanne.
There is an empty object named master2010 which controls an object hierarchy
This hierarchy contain array modifier and spline IK modifier

circle2010 is the parent to master2010
circle2010 is the parent to monkey … duplicate faces and vertices work in 3d view and render images as expected

NOW THE PROBLEM

Enabled duplicate verts on circle2010 I get full results … master2010 is drawn multiple times completely in 3d
Success in 3d window!
Dupliverts master2010 does not appear in render image F12
Failure

Enabled duplicate faces on circle2010 I get partial results for master2010… multiple times incomplete
for example the array modifier and spline IK modifier are not rendered in 3d view.
Failure!
Duplifaces master2010 does not appear in render image
How can I get duplicate face to perform the full render in 3d view.

Again the duplicated master2010 items do not appear in render image.
Failure.
I have examined the layer question and can find no problem

Thanks