Help with DFS & Namespace for Head Office & 9 Sites
Posted on 2014-02-20
Looking for some help with regards to deploying DFS & Namespace / Mapping to multiple Sites on domain controllers.
I'll start with a background, feel free to shout if i have missed anything.
We have the following kit in our Head Office
Server1 (High end DL380pG8, Raid5)
Windows 2012 Server
All FMSO roles, GC, DC, DHCP, DNS.
This server is the MAIN Data Server
Server2 (Old HP Server)
Additional DC, GC & DNS
10 mb leased line internet
30 Users with Windows 7
Remote Sites ( 9 sites all the same )
Each site has the below network :
5mb leased lines at all sites
All sites have Site to Site VPN running and are working fine for the last year with no problems. From any site you can open up the network places and see the domain.
Each site has around 10 computers that are on the domain, currently they logon over the VPN’s, each pc runs a login script that maps the W drive to a share on the head office office server.
The system works extremely well, however the data is growing and would now like to deploy a server at each site so that they can have local data as well as a domain controller for quicker logon ( not interested in RO DCS)
All 9 remote sites are to have a HP Proliant ML350G8, Raid 5, 16gb.
I’ve never setup DFS and name space, I’ll try to explain what we want :
Each site is to have the following mapping
W:\HeadOffice (this data is kept on the head office and is not to be replicated to any other server)
R:\Sites\Site1, Site2, Site3, etc etc ( Each site is to have their own shared folder kept on their own server and this data is to replicate to the head office server. Enabling a head office user to make a change on a doc and then for it to be replicated back down to the site server.
Basically all sites are to replicate their data onto the head office sever in the Sites directory.
I’d like to know how to map the drives so all users have r:\Site, within here they will have access to only there site.
I also can’t work out how to tell the client pc’s on remote sites use the local data rather that the data that will be kept on the head office server under sites folder, is there a setting somewhere to say use local server rather than head office server.
Are there any guides on how to setup a simple dfs for this sort of situation ?
Finally these servers are going to be all Domain Controllers, is there anything else that needs to be done other than enabling GC on each of them. For example as each site will be on a different IP subnet do I need to do anything in DNS or Active Directory Sites and Services.
Looking for to help, I don’t think I’m doing anything hard however I really want to deploy this correctly.