Domain Controllers DFS and FRS running

Discussion in 'File Systems' started by J Ford, Dec 10, 2007.

  1. J Ford

    J Ford Guest

    I noticed in my lab that my domain controllers (Win2k3 SP1) are running BOTH
    'File Replication Service' and 'Distritbuted File System' services.

    FRS I can understand/expect, but where did DFS come from if I didn't
    expressly choose/select it? Does every Win2k3 SP1 domain controller need to
    have both FRS *and* DFS running?

    I just updated our schema this weekend to v31 (for R2 DFS) and noted that in
    our production domain, the AD servers are likewise running both FRS and DFS
    services. Was a bit surprised, but I guess fully expected for AD Win2k3 sp1
    J Ford, Dec 10, 2007
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  2. Is that the DFS client you are seeing or the DFS replication service?
    Jeffrey Randow, Dec 11, 2007
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  3. J Ford

    J Ford Guest

    To confirm, I'm talking about the actual services listed on the domain
    controllers. Both FRS and DFS are running services.
    J Ford, Dec 11, 2007
  4. * J Ford (Mon, 10 Dec 2007 14:47:01 -0800)
    FRS is a bit pointless without DFS; clients would only connect to one
    DC when trying to access the Sysvol.
    Upgrade to R2 and you will also have DFSR to maximise your confusion.

    Thorsten Kampe, Dec 11, 2007
  5. Missed that tidbit when I was looking (about this being a Win2K3 boxen
    vs a R2 one..)
    Jeffrey Randow, Dec 12, 2007
  6. Sorry about that... I was thinking R2 when I asked about the DFSR
    Jeffrey Randow, Dec 12, 2007
  7. DFS is used for SYSVOL referrals. This is normal and essential on DCs,
    regardless of SP or R2 versions.

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    Jill Zoeller [MSFT], Dec 19, 2007
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