Skip to main content desktop
Try Now

DFS Replication / Setting up DFS on Windows Server


0:00 Hey, everybody, it's Lex from [] l, I'm going to take you through setting up DFS on Windows Server 2012 R2. Okay, a couple of things you need to know about this. One, you gotta have both your server setup. So we knew replication, not gonna take you through that, I'm just going to take you through adding the roles and setting up your replication. So let's get started. I've got two machines set up, I got server one, which got the gray background, which is called site one, site two, which is the red background. We're going to start on site one. On the Server Manager, you need to go to Manage -> add Roles and Features.

0:35 I've never read this, and I don't plan to skip right past that. We are adding role or feature based installation here. We are doing it on site one to give that a next, and it should give our, give us our options. We're gonna go under File and storage services, expand that, scroll down, you'll see DFS namespaces and replication on your main site, you need to do both of those.

1:01 Okay, it's going to come up to ask you, if you need the added features, definitely take those because you need them. And then also click DFS replication. Give it a next, next, and install. So site one's installing, let's jump over install site two. So again, Server Manager, we're going to go under manage -> add Roles and Features. couple of nexts, that's our site we want. And again, we're going to go to file storage services on this one, we don't need names- DFS namespaces, we just need replication. Okay, add the features again, click Next. Next, and then install. Okay. This is going to take a minute to install. While it's doing that, I'm going to jump back over to site server number one we're just gonna let that install. And then I'm going to take you through setting up namespaces.

1:57 And what is namespaces. That's basically how you're going to call your shared file area that you're replicating. So again, instead of just like a server name and a file, it's going to be your namespace, and then the rip kid folder. So Alright, this is done, run, hit close. And then we're going to go over and jump right to DFS management.

2:30 So when the DFS manager comes up, first thing we're going to do, we're going to go and right click on namespaces and make a new namespace. Okay? Since we are setting this up on site, one, that's the name of our server here, we're gonna put that in. Okay, now, the namespace name settings. Again, this is what you're gonna be calling. So we're gonna call this LMFAO, I don't know what that's an acronym for, but that's what we're gonna call it. Give it a next. Okay, at this point, you can either set up a standalone namespace or domain based namespace, I'm going to go with domain based, it's significantly easier. And there's a summary of what we're setting up. Give it a create, and it's going to build that. Boom, done. Alright, so now we get in the namespace, you can see that under namespace it Deadwood local LMFAO. We're going to set up our replication. So we're going to right click and do a new replication group. Okay, this is going to be Multi Purpose replication group. Next name of the replication group. Well, let's just call it repo for repository. Okay, it's in the domain Deadwood, local, give it a next. Now we got to add the servers that we want to be replicating in this group. So naturally, we're going to need to add site one. And then we're also going to add site two, that's the two servers that are going to be replicating together. Okay, it's going to take a minute to add site two, because it's going to verify that the proper Roles and Features are installed on site two, and then it will add it here. As soon as that's done, we'll move on.

4:20 And until that's done, I'm gonna drink monster. There we go. If you add more servers, you could add them in this too, but we have two. Okay, now we're going to do a full mesh. replication means if I put something on site one will replicate site two, I put something on site two, it'll replicate site one. Okay. If you wanted to do a hub and spoke, you can do that. But for this purpose, we're just going to do a mesh. Again, here's where you can set your bandwidth. Think about it for you set. I'm just going to take full Okay, and then you got to pick your primary server, which is going to be site one, in this case. give it an Next. Now, we need to add a local path, I'm going to add a folder here. I'm gonna browse folder site one. Hmm. Let's make a new folder. We'll call it repo.

5:28 Need to set our permissions here. Custom permissions, well go edit those. Make sure there we go administrators. I'm going to add domain admins to this just to make sure we've got all the permissions we need. We need to learn how to spell. Yes, I do. There we go. And I'm gonna give domain admins full control of this also. So give that an okay. Okay, there we go. gonna hit Next on that site two, paths not set, we need to go in and edit that folder called repo on that one too, give it an OK. path is going to be created on the servers great to the Yes, we hit next. Here's a summary of what we've just set up. Looks good to me. hit Create. permissions are set folders, created, connections created successful. Give that an OK. or close Excuse me. Now this is this warning comes up replication will not begin until configure can cover it. I can't even speak guys, the configuration is picked up by members of the replication group. So this could take some time. Okay. So just so you know, you know, replication setup, you see our replication group, but, you know, replicating back and forth, it may take a little bit due to how long it takes for site two to pick up the replication information. So we're going to jump out here and take a look at our folder repo. I currently don't have permissions to this. Great. So let's go and use our, our namespace. And a good way to see this is if you right click on your folder, or excuse me, you double click on it. You'll notice replicated folders. There's a location, the directions are replicating. There's our connections. You'll notice under replicated folders repo is not published. That's why I can't get into it. So if I right click on that, and I do share and publish the namespace. Okay, I can then share and publish in the namespace so we can actually get to it. Okay.

8:10 So under a parent folder namespace, we're going to go select the namespace you want this to be in or apparently I've got a bunch of different replication namespaces out there, but there's LMFAO. select that one. You'll notice here's the preview of the namespace, that's how you access it, I'm gonna copy that would give it a next tell it to share. Boom, there you go shared. So now if I go to my file browser, I paste in my namespace. There we go. I am now in my folder repo. Take one step back, you can see there's the shared folder. And I can now start putting files that I want to replicate here and they will start replicating. And that's pretty much it guys. That's setting up DFS namespaces and getting your replication going. Appreciate you watching.

Ready to get started with PDQ Deploy & Inventory? Work less, automate more.

Start your 14-day free trial
Sign up in seconds
© 2021 Corporation
  • PDQ Deploy ®
  • PDQ Inventory ®
  • Pricing
  • Downloads
  • Licensing
  • Buy