Setting up a win2003  DFS Root on a network with an existing non-DFS file server

Posted on 2006-04-21
Last Modified: 2012-08-13
When running the DFS wizard, does it automatically rename the existing File Server so that the DFS server can take over the file server's identity or do you have to manually rename the file server during the DFS setup process?
Question by:kwbanks
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    In my experience Dfs does not take over an existing file server in the way you imply in your question. It does requires the creation of a root and this root is hosted on one of your servers, but the root then appears alongside any existing shares on that server. Below the root, you can create links which are a kind of virtual share that points to real shared folders on this or on other file servers.

    I think perhaps the wizard that you mention is the one for creating a root. If so, one of the questions it asks is the identity of the host server. It also asks for the name of the root and the location of the "root share". The root share is a folder located on the host server that will contain sub-folders and information used by the DFS service, but it is not the place where you should copy the files you want to share. The actual physical location of the shared files comes from existing shares on this or other files servers which are pointed to by adding "targets" within the links mentioned above.
    Some other tips: The DFS service must be running on the host server and the File Replication Service may also be required if you are using replication. If you are using WIndows Server 2003 Standard Edition, then you can only have one root within Dfs, but you can have multiple links and multiple targets. If you have a domain root, it can also be accessed using the domain name (rather than the server name). For example: \\mydomain.local\root_name\link_name

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    Hi kwbanks

    Have you forgotten this question. I posted a comment over a week ago and it took me quite a bit of time. Some feedback would be nice.

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