Dault tolerant DFS on Domain Controllers... a bad thing?

Posted on 2006-05-19
Last Modified: 2010-05-18
From what I've read about DFS on Server 2003 so far, it seems you can choose to have a Domain root.  Having this will allow you to specify multiple targets which will be kept synchronised by DFS/FRS.  Can I specify a target on a member server, and will that also be kept synchronised?  I'm asking because I wouldn't have thought loading up DCs as file servers was a good idea.

Steve :)
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    The links under the root can be on any server, and that's what they are, links. The links get replicated through AD, not the files in the shares where the links are pointed. If you put files in the DFS root, then those will be replicated through AD (and that wouldn't be good).
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    I've just noticed, a poor typo - can a moderator change Dault, to Fault please?

    Ok, onward and upward... the problem is thus:

    I have set two targets for this one particular DFS link, and both targets are DCs.  Given that I don't really want to bog down my DCs with file serving, I'm trying to offload the filem serving to one of my member servers.  However, it won't let me add the member server to the replication set.

    How am I going to sync the files to the member server using DFS?
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    The answer to my own question "Can I specify a target on a member server, and will that also be kept synchronised?" is, YES.

    Points go to victornegri for unintentionally giving me some extra (useful) information in his first post.

    Steve :)

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