Distributed File System (DFS) Deployment – Manual Install


In case you didn’t configure your lab environment using our Lab-Alpha Environment post, the following prerequisites are strongly suggested in order to seamlessly follow (step-by-step) the instructions on this post without issue.

  • Three Servers running Windows Server 2016
    • One Domain Controller (test.lab)
    • Two File Servers
  • Both File Servers should be joined to the test.lab domain

Here is a link to the parent post that will walk you through these prerequisites in case you missed it.

Step 1: Planning

The first step after ensuring prerequisites are in place is to plan out the deployment.

Step 2: Server Role Deployment

The server roles that will be deployed to support DFS are

Open Server Manager and click Manage at the top right corner of the screen and select Add Roles and Features.

Click the Next button. Leave the Role-based or feature based installation radio button selected and click the Next button.

Leave the default server selection and click the Next button

Expand the File and Storage Services > File and iSCSI Services. Check the DFS Namespaces box. The File Server Role is automatically enabled since it is required for DFS services

Leave the Include management tools box checked and click the Add Features button.

Check the DFS Replication box and click the Next button.

Leave the features as they are and click the Next button.

Verify the installation parameters and click the Install button. A restart is not needed to install these roles

Once the installation completes, click the Close button.

Step 3: Root Namespace

Step 4: Namespace Folders

Step 5: Replication Groups

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