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Checkpoint: DFS

Distributed File System (DFS) makes it easy for users to find shared files in your organization.

Introduction
DFS is an administrators best friend. It simplifies the way users interact with file shares in your network which means fewer support calls. Also, it can replicate data from share to share so that you're never stuck with a loss of key business data. In this checkpoint you setup DFS on your network and create a replicated folder. 

Install DFS 
First you should install the DFS Namespaces and DFS Replication roles. The roles must be installed on both SVR-B and SVR-C. One the roles are installed on both servers you will be able to create a namespace in the next step. 

Create A Namespace
On either SVR-B or SVR-C you can now create a namespace. It doesn't matter what servers hosts the namespace or what it's called. Verify that you have properly created a global namespace by viewing the following location on each of your servers: 

\\<YOUR-DOMAIN-NAME>\<YOUR-NAMESPACE> 

For example, my domain is wintera.cis.cabrillo.edu and the namespace I created is called Global. So I point file explorer to:

\\wintera\Global 

Create a Share in Your Namespace and Replicate It
So far you have only created a place to link shared folders. You have not created any shared folders. On SVR-B and SVR-C you must now create a share. The shares can have any name. When your shares have been created create a folder in your namespace and add both shares to the folder. When you add two shares to a folder Windows will prmpt you to setup replication. Do this. Once you have replication setup take a screenshot. Your screenshot should look like this: 


Please have the your replication group selected so that both folders are clearly demonstrated in the replication group. Both will be "Sending" servers if you select a "Full Mesh" topology. This is the easiest but any topology is acceptable. 

Turn In
  1. A screenshot of your replication group
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