Active directory infrastructure and DFS file share configuration

Hi EE,

I am planning to create a new 2012 active directory infrastructure with two domain controller, one primary DC and other one secondary DC. I need install DFS /DFSR server role in both server and 2nd DC server need to use for DFS replication server.

Please help me out following area.
1)      We are planning to use two identical HP ProLiant DL 360 G9 server with 16GB memory and 2TB SAS.  Can we install DFS role in DC? Please share with me best practice documents, URL etc.
2)      Are these above server configuration or resource sufficient for connecting 50 client computers?

Jey_PIT Security Eng Asked:
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Yes. By default sysvol will use dfs replication.

2TB sas volume or drive?

Not sure what documents you are looking for. has many ....
Usually, you would want a raid 1 volume for OS, and a raid1 or 10 for data
Decide on your dfs structure. Do you want hierarchical or do you want multiple/separate dfs shares.
Rakesh KapoorCommented:
You can use this link, it would help you in getting details around creating DFS replication group.
Jey_PIT Security Eng Author Commented:
Hi Arnold,

Thank you for your quick response. I am using 1 SAS drive and make a partition as SAS volume for DFS file share . I would like to have multiple DFS shares for accessing different AD groups.
Please explain to me what is the best solution for hardware configuration ( Raid level , drive configuration etc)

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Rakesh KapoorCommented:
Raid Level and drive configuration can be as per your company standard. You can even Raid 5 and C: drive can be set as 40-50 GB per server.

YOu need to create multiple DFS replication group for multiple DFS shares by following the steps in the article shared with you.
SINGLE drive has no RAID option. If the drive fails the system will not boot.
It seems that instead of a system with A raid controller and two Drives mirrored or software raid with 2 drives, you seem to have chosen to use two systems with single drives as a way to handle component/system failure.
The 2Tb is near-line SAS drive.

During install of OS, create a single Partition for the OS 150 GB.

DFS management has two section the share and the replication. Make sure to use the replication groups first to setup the replication directories between the members.
Go through the steps once and it will become clear.

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Rakesh KapoorCommented:
Oh!! I missed the point that you have only 1 SAS drive on the Server. You need to have at least 2 drives to start with Mirroring.

DFS doesn't have any dependence on the RAID levels. You can try the DFS steps from the article that I shared. let me know if you still have any questions.
Jey_PIT Security Eng Author Commented:
Thank you for your comments
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