Windows 2003 Server DFS and SANs
Posted on 2009-06-29
I have a couple of questions here. I have been in my current position for about 5 months and there was and still is much to clean up here. First and foremost, I have many single points of failure that I need to make redundant. I am hoping that DFS can help me with this.
Here is my first challenge. Both of my AD servers are running on W2K3 server - not R2! I don't have any experience with non-R2 W2K3 server and DFS/FRS seems to work differently or at least has a different GUI. I have increased storage on both servers so that I can setup replication for our 'public', 'users' and 'dept' shares. However, when I start FRS process, it quickly fails (event 13508, 13544, 13552) after replicating only a small percentage of the files, and then never recovers. I have goggled this until there is nothing new to read on the errors I am getting. So, here is my question. Will upgrading these two servers to R2 resolve this issue, or is there something else screwing me up here?
Second question: If I have two servers that both have access to two SAN drives, with both of them sharing those drives with the same share names, can I configure a DFS share that has them both a root shares, but not enable FRS (no need to) - that way, if one server is down, the other will automatically services any requests to the DFS share.