DFS between an SBS 2003 server and a 2003 R2 Standard

Posted on 2006-05-01
Last Modified: 2012-05-31
OK here is what I got.  We have a SBS network in which I brought in a 2003 R2 server for a satelite office that we have in Floida.  Before I sent it down to Florida I configured it as a DC.  It is working fine down there now.  However, I didn't get a chance to move any data to the server because no body would could make a decision of what they actually wanted to keep down there.

Well I still haven't received a straight answer but there is some CAD work done there by one person and they are in need of some job folders being local to them to be able to open the said CAD files.  Basically what we have is a folder like this for the jobs, \\Server\data2\Electrical\Current Projects\2005\Jobfolder.  That is on the SBS server.  I made it look somewhat identical on the server in FL, \\FLAServer\FLdata\Electrical\Current Projects\2005\Jobfolder.  I set it up on the R2 server (because the mmc 3.0(?) is way cool and easier to use) and had the FL server as the hosting server and then added the SBS Jobfolder as the target.  However when I go to set up a replication policy it says "The DFS Replication service is not installed"

But before I sent it down there I did some testing and came up with the same error and was baffled when I came in the next morning and the freakin thing had replicated to the FL server.  So far I have only done one folder and will see how the rest goes.  But my question(s) would be,

Has anyone run into problems with DFS between a SBS 2003 server and a 2003 R2 server?
Can the DFS Replication service be installed on SBS 2003?
Question by:Goofdru
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    by:Keith Alabaster
    As a suggestion, i would post a second question in the SBS topic area

    make the question for 20 points and add 'pointer question' to the title.
    in the body, ask experts to respond to this question. Include the url in the navigation bar at the top of the windows. this way you get responses from both TA's to the same question.

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    Author Comment

    Done, Thanks Keith.
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    Accepted Solution

    Try this and see if it

    Configuring DFS
    Windows Small Business Server 2003 does not create a default DFS root on the server. Perform the following steps to add a new domain DFS root:

     Open the Distributed File System management console in the Administrative Tools menu.
     Right-click Distributed File System and select New Root from the action menu.
     Select the Domain root option and click Next.
     Accept the default Domain name, which is businessname.local, and click Next.
     Enter the Server name, which is sbs01.businessname.local, and click Next.
     Enter a Root name, such as public, and click Next.
     Enter a Folder to share; this should be a new empty folder on a data volume. Then, click Next.
     Click Finish.

    You then need to right click on the dfs root and add a new root, in here you include the new server and the dircetory you want to use.
    Ensure the DFS service is running on the target machine.

    Hopefully this helps,


    Author Comment

    Yes that is similiar to what I did.  I mean I created a Root and have a Target folder.  Shortly after creation, probably while I was posting question, the share appeared on the local server.  Now when I map a drive to the local server from clients it displays the hard drive space of the remote server.  Cool.

    I also went ahead and created a file on the Root share and minutes later it showed up in the DFS share.  Sweet.

    Thank you.

    Expert Comment

    Increasing the size of the staging area will solve the problem, however, the R2 server steps down from DFS to use FRS. Also, you can't use thr R2 DFS management console to create thr replications. You must do it from the R1 server. Better ti upgrade the R1 to R2.

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