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DFS and setting up replicating shares

Currently have 1x Windows 2012 R2 server (DC) with all the shares. \\DC-01\share1, \\DC-01\share2, etc. I am adding another Windows 2012 R2 server (DC also) to the mix and I want to start using DFS Namespace and Replication so all the shares are \\domain.local\share1, \\domain.local\share2. Trying to figure out the best way to do this.

I set up a new namespace DC-01
Named it 'install' and set the permissions, left the shared folder as C:\DFSRoots\install
Set it as Domain-based namespace
Create

Assuming I need to add DC-02 to the list of namespace servers and set the folders in there.

To get that to replicate, I need to set up a replication group correct? Will all the permissions carry across?
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mvalpreda
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ZabagaRCommented:
See my screenshots to go with this.  I use DFS in 2008R2.

My domain is zman.local and I made a new namespace called Bob.
I made a new folder called MyFiles. That's done by right clicking on the namespace (zman.local) and picking 'new folder'. Then you pick that new folder's targets...the 2 sites you want to replicate.
Myfiles for me point to a folder C:\testfiles on my server named WIN64BIT plus a folder C:\testfiles1 on my other server WINDC1.

On my network, if I browse to \\zman.local\Bob\  the contents I see \MyFiles\ then I double click on that and access the files inside...the files that are replicated across those 2 file servers.

Make sure your share permissions and NTFS permissions on your folders are set up beforehand. My folder c:\testfiles on the 1 server has share & NTFS permissions set up to allow those I want using it....same for the folder it replicates with named c:\testfiles1 on the other server. The files keep their permissions while replicating. If I allow User X read/write/delete on c:\testfiles then I also want to set that same permission on c:\testfiles1 on the other server.

you can have more than 1 nameserver too.  For my example, only WIN64bit is a namespace server here. I could have set up windc1 as a namespace server but I don't need that redundancy.
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