windows2012 DFS in windows2008 Domain

Posted on 2014-08-24
Last Modified: 2014-09-01
Is it possible to implement windows2012 DFS in windows2008  AD?
That is, the target and dfs services will be on windows2012 R2 , but the domain ctrl will be windows2008.
Question by:sara2000
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    Expert Comment

    by:David Johnson, CD, MVP
    DFS has been supported since 2003 so yes it will work but not with all of the newer bells and whistles.

    Author Comment

    What the bells and whistles are missing? if it is that case ,Is it better to stay on windows2008?
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    Accepted Solution

    In Windows Server 2012 R2, DFS Replication offers enhanced support in the following areas.
    Windows PowerShell module for DFS Replication
    Provides Windows PowerShell cmdlets for performing the majority of administrative tasks for DFS Replication, in addition to new functionality.
    DFS Replication Windows Management Infrastructure provider
    Provides the latest Windows Management Infrastructure (WMI)-based methods to manage DFS Replication.
    Database cloning for initial sync
    Provides support for bypassing initial replication when creating new replicated folders, replacing servers, or recovering from a disaster.
    Database corruption recovery
    Provides support for rebuilding corrupt databases without unexpected data loss caused by nonauthoritative initial sync.
    Cross-file RDC disable
    Provides the option to disable cross-file remote differential compression (RDC) between servers.
    File staging tuning
    Provides the option to configure variable file staging sizes on individual servers.
    Preserved file restoration
    Provides the capability to restore files from the ConflictAndDeleted and PreExisting folders.
    Unexpected shutdown database recovery improvements
    Enables automatic recovery after a loss of power or an unexpected stoppage of the DFS Replication service.
    Membership disabling improvements
    Stops DFS Replication private folder cleanup when disabling a server’s membership in a replicated folder.

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    Assisted Solution

    Are you just looking at DFS Namespace? DFS Namespace doesn't care what the target is. The targets don't even have to be Windows, so it is absolutely fine to use a Windows 2012 R2 as the DFS Namespace target. You can probably also have Windows 2012 R2 member servers host your domain based DFS namespace. It isn't a bad idea to update the schema for AD to 2012 R2, even if you don't update your domain controllers.

    DFS Namespace has been around since Windows NT 4 and there is a Windows 95 client as well.

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