How to set up DFS in Windows Server 2008 R2


       We are setting up an 80 user law firm with DFS as we have already set up AD, DHCP, WINS and DNS with redundancy. We would like to have instant synchronization and load sharing accross both DCs (which alike are DHCP, DNS, WINS and AD servers) and wwant to ensure a high-availablity environment. What is the best way to do this to best practice?

Keeran NetworksAsked:
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Keeran NetworksAuthor Commented:
Looks great!

Are there ay comon problems to watch out for when setting up DFS?

Also are there any known best practices?
Jason WatkinsIT Project LeaderCommented:
I would make sure your DNS implementation is solid. DNS issues were our big hang-up when we did our DFS setup. I would stick to naming conventions that make sense to the users as well as the admins. Not the case where we are, but it can save time with users trying to find paths to shares.
Keeran NetworksAuthor Commented:
thanks a lot Firebar! Just one last question.

I've been getting a lot of DNS replication errors since adding the second DC and noticed that the DNS isn't exactly mirrored on both. Are there any god guides that go through best practices on how it' done? or common issues to look for?
Jason WatkinsIT Project LeaderCommented:
I would store the DNS zone in Active Directory. Make sure the SRV records for the domain/forest exist in the zone. Also be sure NS records exist for each DNS server that holds a copy of the domain's DNS zone.

Have the DC's use each other for primary DNS service
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