Can we move DFS namespace (including folder targets) to another server "on the fly" whilst DFS is live
Posted on 2008-11-11
We have a single file and print server that is running DFS (on Windows 2003 Server SP2). This server used to replicate with other referral servers / target servers but we were having issues with FRS replication so we removed these servers from the FRS replication (hoping that we could resolve the issue and re-instate them at some point). So now we have one server running our DFS namespace and all the target folders are on this one box. What we want to do is to start again on a different server and use DFS (not FRS) from the outset. The problem is that i would prefer to move the DFS from the server that we are having replication issues with to our new server - instead of create a new DFS namespace and migrate the folders / data.
The question that I have is can we move the DFS namespace and all of the target folders from this server to another server on the fly i.e. LIVE whilst the users are still accessing the DFS namespace and targets / folders ?
I was really hoping to move the namespace and target folders to a different server and then remove DFS from the original server - rebuild and re-install DFS.
Let me know what you think - I know this sounds nuts but we are extremely limited as to how often we can down this particular server (outage is not really an option).