DFS and DFSr in Server 2012

Environment is a Windows 2012 R2 domain supporting 600 users.  We need something for user profiles and data storage with fault tolerance.  I am suggesting DFS and DFSr with one namespace backed by several targets.

I'm getting some push back that DFS is not enterprise for file replication and/or user profiles.

Your thoughts on DFS and DFSr in the enterprise?  best use?  worst use?


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Bradley BishopAssociate Product DeveloperCommented:
We use DFS in our environment which is also Windows Server 2012 R2 for a roaming profile solution. This was put in place before i got there. I can tell you that it is slow. The first time you logon somewhere it takes a bit and if you have big files it take a bit for those to sync if you use several computers.

Why do you need DFS?
crp0499CEOAuthor Commented:
Need?  Not so much.  Looking for redundancy, high availability, etc.  I'm saying one namespace, two or more replicated targets behind it and you're good.  I'm getting push back that DFS is not enterprise level and in my experience, that's just not the case.
Bradley BishopAssociate Product DeveloperCommented:
Gotcha well i don't think that push back is right. I know plenty of enterprises that do it. But the ones i have seen do not really work well. I am in the process of getting rid of ours in favor of just personal drives that are stored in our SAN and have vss enabled. Much quicker, same redundancy and much easier to support.
Cliff GaliherCommented:
DFS-R is enterprise grade, but is not intended nor is it a good replacement for a file server cluster. If local redundancy and high availability is what you want, DFS- is not a good fit.

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