I am about to bring on two new file servers (2012) to replace the existing one (2008 R2) and wanted to make sure I do it right for the DFS namespace.
We are using the DF
There are two critical shared items that I need to take into consideration on the existing file server.
A repository of all of our department folders on e: and on d: all user home directories (with profile folder for profile path and data folder for home folder).
My plan was to move each one of those to a separate folder.
The department folders on e: are referenced by a logon script so once I have robo copied those over I could just adjust the logon script to point to the new server.
The profile path to the user home directories is setup using the DFS namespace as they are \\domainname\users\username\profile and for the home folder \\domainname\users\username\data.
It's been ages since I worked with DFS namespace so my question is this... Can I just robo copy all the data over to the new server and THEN add that new server (the one for the user profiles etc.) to the existing namespace on the current file server and eventually (not sure how long it takes for the two servers to be synced) remove the old one, thus making it seamless for users. Although I will try to limit the number of users that need to logon/logoff during that time. Will that work?