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Windows 2012 DFS and Schema Update

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I'm setting up a Windows 2012 DFS structure in my test enviroment. We currently do not have any Windows 2012 servers in production and are running in Windows 2008 domain and forest mode. Before I setup Winodws 2012 DFS do I have to update the AD schema?
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Before you can deploy DFS 2012 Replication, you must configure your servers as follows:

    Update the Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) schema to include Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, or Windows Server 2003 R2 schema additions. (If you install a domain controller running Windows Server 2012 the schema is automatically updated).

More DFS details you can find in:http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh831568.aspx
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What would happed if you didn't upgrade the schema first?
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Ideally it shouldn't let you install the dfs 2012, even if you managed  to somehow: it'll still lead to a lot of issues and even microsoft support wouldn't help you with any of those
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Since this is just a test DFS setup, will setting it up created any AD objects that I should be aware of? What about the remove of DFS is this an easy / clean process.
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If you're doing it for testing purpose then fine- it creates dfs object in active directory and works in conjunction with AD Sites to replicate data. For more details go to
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj127250.aspx
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc782417%28v=ws.10%29.aspx

Dfsr removal is usually smooth like any other role or feature removal (if done properly).

Good luck with the testing though
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Thanks..

Using 2012 DFS is it possible to host two seperate namespaces?
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Yes you can have multiple namespaces as per your need.
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THANKS!!!!!!!!!!
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