In this movie we show a sample of how to configure the Distributed File System (DFS) on 2 Windows Server 2016 Servers in an Active Directory Environment.

We also show how to configure DFS Replication (DFSR) between the two folders to keep them in sync.

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  1. Thanks for the overview, nice job. One question. When creating a namespace, don't you need to redirect DFSRoots to not install on the C: but instead to a Data folder like D: or E:? Thanks for the help, I really appreciate it! 🙂

  2. hello @ITdvds. i have followed your steps to setting up DFS Replications and when i get to adding the " replication group members" i am greeted with an error of sort " Value does not fall within expected range". setup stops there. please help. what am i messing? thanks

  3. Followed all the steps several times and for some reason..files or folders won't replicate. I got green check marks as well as "Success" but when I add a folder or a file it will not show up on my other server. Another question.. Do you first have to have the physical files on you "A" server tha tyou plan on sharing or will DFS automatically put them on there? need Help! thanks

  4. I’m going to setup a second server to act as a backup to our existing file server. I want to replicate the data from our shared folders on the first server to the second server…so this video is a great example.

    Question: is there a way to replicate files and folders such that the permissions are identical on the second server? Our shared folders have a lot of sub folders and the differences in permissions for different groups is extensive. It would be extremely difficult to recreate the permissions manually on the second server…so I’m hoping the replication will leave group permissions intact.

  5. Hi. What if the Server01 fails, will the DFS still work or will the shared files accessible in Server02? Thank you.

  6. At 4:00 when I test on mine I get \domainfolderfolder is not accessible. You might not have permissions to use this network resource… I used the same permissions as instructed in this video.


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