DFS Step-by-Step Guide for Windows Server 2008


ou can install the DFS components by using the following procedures.

Installing Windows Server 2008 and DFS


During Setup, follow the on-screen prompts to install Windows Server 2008. Refer to the section “Lab Requirements” earlier in this guide for details about which servers must run Windows Server 2008 and which servers can run Windows Server 2003 R2 or Windows Server 2003 SP1.

After Windows Server 2008 is installed, you can install the DFS components and open the DFS Management snap-in by using the following procedures.

Note

The method below using the Server Manager tool enables you to install DFS as a part of the file server role. This method also installs other file server tools, such as File Server Resource Manager and File Server Management.

To install DFS as part of the file server role


  1. Click Start, point to All Programs, point to Administrative Tools, and then click Server Manager.
  2. In the console tree of Server Manager, right-click the Roles node, and then click Add Roles.
  3. Follow the steps in the Add Roles Wizard, and supply the information described in the following table.
Add Roles Wizard page

What to enter

Before You Begin

Click Next after you verify that the requirements listed on the page have been met.

Select Server Roles

Select the File Services check box.

File Services

Click Next.

Select Roles Services

Select the Distributed File System check box to install both DFS Namespaces and DFS Replication.

To install DFS Namespaces or DFS Replication individually, select the check box that corresponds to the part of DFS that you want to install.

Create a DFS Namespace

Select the Create a namespace later using the DFS Management snap-in in Server Manager check box.

Confirmation

Click Install to install the file server role and DFS.

Installation Progress

This page is automatically replaced by the Installation Results page when installation is completed.

Installation Results

Note any errors, and then click Close to close the wizard.

Use the following procedure if the file server role has already been added.

To install DFS if the file server role has already been added


  1. Click Start, point to All Programs, point to Administrative Tools, and then click Server Manager.
  2. In the console tree of Server Manager, right-click the Files Services node, and then click Add Role Services.
  3. Follow the steps in the Add Roles Services Wizard, and supply the information described in the following table.

Add Role Services Wizard page

What to enter

Select Role Services

Select the Distributed File System check box to install both DFS Namespaces and DFS Replication.

To install DFS Namespaces or DFS Replication individually, select the check box that corresponds to the part of DFS that you want to install.

Create a DFS Namespace

Click Create a namespace later using the DFS Management snap-in in Server Manager check box.

Confirmation

Click Install to install the file server role and DFS.

Installation Progress

This page is automatically replaced by the Installation Results page when installation is completed.

Installation Results

Note any errors, and then click Close to close the wizard.

Note

Installing DFS Management also installs Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0, which is required to run the DFS Management snap-in.

To open the DFS Management snap-in


  • Click Start, point to All Programs, point to Administrative Tools, and then click DFS Management.

You can also use the DFS Management snap-in hosted by Server Manager to manage DFS Namespaces and DFS Replication.

Overview of the DFS Management Snap-in


The DFS Management snap-in is the graphical user interface (GUI) tool for managing DFS Namespaces and DFS Replication. This snap-in is new and differs from the Distributed File System snap-in in Windows Server 2003. Therefore, before you begin using DFS Namespaces and DFS Replication, you might want to review the components of this snap-in, which are shown in the following figure and described in the sections that follow.


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