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DFS STEP BY STEP SERVER

2012R2
By: Henry Hazot

To install DFS in Svr01 server, open Server Manager, on the Dashboard click Add Roles and
Features…

2 – In the Before you begin box, click Next…

3 – On the Select installation type box, click Next to proceed (make sure Role-based or feature-based
installation is selected)…

4 – On the Select destination server box, click Next to proceed…

and then only click next to proceed… . expand File and Storage Services. in the Add Roles and Features pop-up box. click Add Features… 6 – Next. make sure you select the DFS Replication check box. expand File and iSCSI Services. and then select the DFS Namespaces check box.5 – On the Select server roles page.

click Next… 8 – On the Confirm installation selections box.7 – Next. on the Select features box. click Install… .

9 – Wait for few minutes for the installation to complete and when the installation completes. you need to install DFS in another server also which is in my demo is a COMSYS-RODC01 server… . click close… ** As I mentioned previously.

10 – 1st. open DFS Management from Server Manager… 11 – Next. and then click New Namespace (A namespace is a virtual view of shared folders in your server)… . right-click Namespaces.** Once you confirm both of the Server has been installed with DFS. please proceed with DFS namespace configuration. on the DFS console.

type MarketingDocs. type svr01.12 – In the New Namespace Wizard. on the Namespace Server page. and then click Next… 13 – Next. under Name. under Server. on the Namespace Name and Settings box. and then click Edit Settings… .

other users have read and write permissions.14 – In the Edit Settings box. then click OK… . under Local Path of shared folder: type C:\DFSRoots\MarketingDocs and select Administrator have full access.

verify that Domain-based namespace is selected. click Create… .15 – Next. on the Namespace Type box. ensure also that the Enable Windows Server 2008 mode check box is selected. Take note that the namespace will be accessed by \\comsys. and then click Next… 16 – On the Review Settings and Create Namespace page.local\MarketingDocs.

verify that the Create namespace task is successful. right-click \\comsys. To do so.local\MarketingDocs. you need to enable access-based enumeration for the MarketingDocs namespace. and then click Close… 18 – Next. under Namespaces.17 – On the Confirmation box. and then click Properties… .

and then click OK… 20 – Next. let’s add the Brochures folder to the MarketingDocs namespace… .local\MarketingDocs Properties box.19 – In the \\comsys. then select the Enable access-based enumeration for this namespace check box. click the Advanced tab.

and then click New Folder… 21 – In the New Folder box. and then click OK… . type Brochures then click Add… 22 – In the Add Folder Target dialog box. type \\comsys-rodc01\Brochures.To do that.local\MarketingDocs . under Name. right-click \\comsys.

23 – In the Warning box. type C:\MarketingDocs\Brochures. then click OK… . click Yes… 24 – In the Create Share box. other users have read and write permissions. in the Local path of shared folder box. and select Administrator have full access.

click Yes to proceed… 26 – Click OK again to close the New Folder dialog box… .25 – In the Warning box.

type \\svr01\OnlineAdvert. then In the New Folder box. so to do that. type OnlineAdvert. under Name. and then. right-click \\comsys.27 – Next. click Add… 28 – In the Add Folder Target box. and click New Folder. I want to add the OnlineAdvert folder to the MarketingDocs namespace.local\MarketingDocs. and then click OK… .

other users have read and write permissions. in the Local path of shared folder box. make sure also you select Administrator have full access. then click OK… . click Yes to create OnlineAdvert folder… 30 – Next. type C:\MarketingDocs\OnlineAdvert. in the Create Share box.29 -In the Warning box.

click Yes… .31 – In the Warning box.

local\MarketingDocs namespaces… .32 – Click OK again to close the New Folder dialog box (verify that \\svr0\OnlineAdvert is listed) and also Brochures and OnlineAdvert folder is listed under \\comsys.

but before that. verify that both Brochures and OnlineAdvert is display.33 – Now lets verify our MarketingDocs namespace and its folder can be access using UNC. 34 – Now is the the second important task which is to configure DFS replication (DFS-R). and then click Add Folder Target… . then in the MarketingDocs window.local\MarketingDocs. why don’t we to create another folder target for Brochures… Right-click Brochures. open RUN and type \\comsys.

35 – In the New Folder Target box. type\\svr01\Brochures. and then click OK… . under Path to folder target.

under Local path of shared folder. click Yes to create the shared folder on svr01 server… 37 – Next.36 – In the Warning box. then click OK… . other users have read and write permissions. don’t forget to select Administrator have full access. type C:\MarketingDocs\Brochures. in the Create Share box.

38 – In the Warning box. The Replicate Folder Wizard starts… . click Yes. click Yes to create the folder on svr01 server… 39 – In the Replication box.

40 – Next. on both the Replication Group and Replicated Folder Name page. and then click Next… . in the Replicate Folder Wizard. accept the default settings.

and then click Next… . click Next… 42 – On the Primary Member box. I choose SVR01 server to be my Primary DFS server.41 – On the Replication Eligibility page.

select Full Mesh. I choose Full and then click next… . and then click Next… 44 – On the Replication Group Schedule and Bandwidth.43 – On the Topology Selection box.

45 – On the Review Settings and Create Replication Group box. click Create… .

click Close (verify that all status is Success)… 47 – In the Replication Delay box. click OK… .46 – On the Confirmation box.

under Memberships tab. on the right pane.48 – Next.local\marketingdocs\brochures. . and then click comsys. verify that both comsys-rodc01 and svr01 server is listed…. expand Replication.

local and under Namespace:. log on into COMSYSRODC01 server. open DFS and right click namespace and click Add Namespace to Display… 50 – In the Add Namespace to Display box.49 – To make sure all replication process is running without any issue and also to verify that our second server which is COMSYS-RODC01 server is having same function on DFS. verify that domain is Comsys. \\Comsys.local\MarketingDocs is listed and then click OK… .

you should see that both Brochures and OnlineAdvert folder is listed… 52 – Lastly. open RUN and type \\Comsys.51 – Next.local\MarketingDocs and press enter. in the DFS console on the Comsys-RODC01 server. log on into your client PC as any domain users. and you should notice that marketingdocs folder is pop up with Brochures and OnlineAdvert folder is inside… .

you now can start using DFS.We done for now. as at this configuration. but we still have few thing to verify especially on the High Availability. .