Distributed File System

DFS is a method or a process to increase the consistency of Shared file server.

DFS in a Windows Server Infrastructure & DFS Replication

It’s difficult to recall all file server in Infrastructure so, Microsoft implemented Distributed file server.

DFS is a technology to manage multiple shared files from single server but actually DFS picked the data from original location.

Distributed File System- (DFS) – DFS is a Windows Server feature which allows System Administrators to create a single namespace to provide a replicated sharing infrastructure across the network. 

Here I am going to explain how to install DFS in your Infrastructure.

Select which wins server you wanted to become Primary File shared server.

Go to windows server

Open windows server manager.

Click to add roles and features

Installation will be on Role Based feature-based installation


Install Distributed File System from server Manager

Start DFS from tools

Create new Namespace server

    Again, create new namespace server inside created namespace server

Create new folder inside namespace

Add folder target for replication jobs


Select DFS Replication and Namespace

Once selected click too next

DFS is ROLES based installation.

And roles added make all default installation.

(We need to Install DFS Roles on all File Server which will be associate with Main File Server.

Like example: I am having Primary Server I need to associate all my file server will associate with Primary server with the help of DFS ACTUALLY file server will be on his original location but they act like hosted with primary server.


Check the features leave as default and click too next

Now click to install

Once installation done click to tools

Now close wizard after installation done

Now click to tools and select dfs

Once DFS Wizard open click to namespace primary file server and create new namespace

Enter the host namespace server so, primary server will be hosting browse primary server

Once select server name click to next

Time the Shared file name edit permission setting click to custom permission add users and apply

Now select domain based namespace

And click to create namespace

Once done close wizard

Now adding the file server to primary server inside the created namespace

Right click on created namespace and add new namespace server

Browse file server machine name and assign permission and click to ok

Click ok Wizard

Namespace server having two now

So, now need the target folder right click and click new target folder

File Server Directory

Click to folder right click and select to folder target

Browse the target folder and select that

Once selected click okay

Replication job verification click yes

Once replication wizard change the replication name or leave as default

Now click to next

Primary member


Click to next

Now click to create replication job

Created successfully

Replication one server to another server

Now here I am checking and sharing File Server using Secondary Server (Because I don’t want to share my Primary server’s name to Infrastructure users).

Here: I am having all data to my primary server but just using to replicate and hide my primary server details to users.

Start DFS in Secondary server

Assign user permission

Domain based name space

Now click to create

Namespace created close the wizard

Right click to created namespace and create new namespace to created server

Browse server

So now here NEW namespace server creating behalf of bdc server

Namespace server status

Namespace servers

Now creating the folder

Browse the shared folder and select that

Selected folder

Click okay

Created folders

Now select the folder and add the replication target

Select the folder target

Now click okay

Now replication job will be created

Once replication started here configure it

Again, click to next

Select the primary server

Select full mesh

Schedule bandwidth

create replication job

Created replication job

Directory Structure

using DFS useful for even security complete hide the Directory Structure

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