Steps to install DFS on server 2008 R2 Enterprise

Posted on 2011-10-14
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
I need to setup DFS between 3 servers. 2 servers are at the main site and one is at a remote site. The remote site needs to get it's data from the main site.
Do I setup DFS on one server at the main site and then add in the other server at the main site and the remote site, or do I have to install DFS on all 3 servers?
Is there a good step by step guide for this or can someone explain to me what I need to do?
All 3 servers will be running 2008 R2 Enterprise
Question by:vmich
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    Do I have to install DFS on all servers and then setup the DFS and replication and then decide which server is going to be the primary..

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    So I think I have this figured out if someone could just let me know if this sounds correct....

    I will have 2008 R2 enterprise on all three servers that will be replicating.
    I will install DFS role on one server which will be the primary server. Then on this server I will setup the name space and then add the folders to this.
    Once this is done then I will setup a dfs replication group and add the 3 servers to it.

    I do have one question though, Once I have the primary server setup and the namespace, can I add folders to this from the other server at the main site also along with the first one to be replicated to the remote server, which is the third one?
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    Yes you can add folders.

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    So just so I am clear on this..
    I setup the first server of the 3 which will be the primary, then I add the foders from the primary and the other server at the main office to the name space, then once that is done, then I setup a replication group and add in the 2 servers from the main office and the 1 from the remote site?

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