Can Windows 2008 DFS Namespace support Windows 2003 File Server
Posted on 2011-09-21
We have an environment whereby I have a Windows 2003 R2 File Server and its running out of space. We're looking to purchase a new server which will run Windows 2008 R2 to act as a second file server.
So the plan is to use the new Win2K8 File Server as an extension to the existing Win2K3 File Server. Therefore we would like to migrate some data from the existing Win2K3 File Server over to the Win2K8 file server but we would like to minimize any configuration which we need to modify on client PCs.
Therefore, we would like to introduce Window 2008 DFS Namespace. I've done some checking but I wasn't able to find the answer to my question which is: If we deploy a Windows 2008 DFS namespace, will I be able to add and manage a Windows 2003 File Server within this namespace? Or will I have to downgrade the DFS to Windows 2003 and run without the new functionalities which Windows 2008 DFS offers.
Any input would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance.