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We currently have a Windows 2003 active/passive file cluster and looking to update this to hopfully to a Windows 2012 active/passive cluster sometime this year. My manager has asked me to research DFS to see if it could do the following... Since I have never setup DFS only read about it I wanted to touch base with the E.E experts on this one.

Here is what my manager requires of the solution
1) User will access all files shares regardless of physical site location using the same naming convention: For example: \\companyname\sharename. No more site specific file server names

2) The ability to stop access to a share without changeing it's share name and have user automatically directory to another instance of the share at another site. This is more of D/R purpose is one of our sites go down.

This is all I have for now..

I look forward to reading everyone comments
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Dfs will allow you to do what you want, ensuring your DNS and AD are up to date is key to its success.  Some manual intervention may be needed if you are looking at changing server server other than the site preference

One thing to note, which may have changed in 2012 as it was promised in 2008 r2, is that if the same files are accessed from the dfs from two different sites then the user who saves last wins.  

Worth bearing in mind if you are using it this way
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thank you for your reply...

Since I haven't used DFS before in Windows 2012 how would I go about blocking access to are share at a specific site.

Also, would it be possible to do the following to ad a proof of concept with out affecting our production enviroment..

Current enviroment is: Windows 2008 AD..

We also have a large VMware enviroment. I would like to create a new Windows 2012 VM at our main site running AD based DFS. Then at are remote site create another Windows 2012 VM that host DFS as well. Each server would host a couple of test shares... WOuld this work as a test or cause any problems with our production AD enviroment? Does connecting DFS to AD created any objects in AD I should be concerned about?
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I have read that in order to implement and a Windows 2012 A.D DFS structure you need to update your domain schema first. Is this true?
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Thanks for the points

Windows 2012 is very helpful in that it manages the necessary prep for you...

The below should be useful

http://kpytko.wordpress.com/2012/09/07/adding-first-windows-server-2012-domain-controller-within-windows-200320082008r2-network/
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