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Posted on 2012-03-23
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I will be upgrading two of my servers to Server 2008 and one is used as a file server. I was wondering if it was possible for the second server to hold a copy of the file server shares in case the main server goes down. I do not want to have to use an iSCSi or SAN.

So can I use the clustering without a shared storage? do I need other software like freenas? I also need permissions to stay.


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by:Adam Brown
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With 2008 you can utilize DFS to replicate the files (with ACLs) from one server to the other. As long as users aren't accessing files from both servers at the same time, this should work well. http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc732863%28v=ws.10%29.aspx has info
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by:Biofilminc
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Only one of the servers will be available to users at a time. Hopefully the main server never goes down and I don't need to deal with the second ever. I will look into DFS and see if that works
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It should work well for you. If both servers are in the same AD site and you configure the main server as the primary DFS target, you would be able to access both servers using the same UNC path. With DFS this would change from being \\server1 and \\server2 to \\domain.com\files

If set up properly, when the first server goes down, the second server would immediately take over serving files.
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by:Biofilminc
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Thats exactly what I wanted. Thank you so much
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