How to migrate DFS server to DFS Cluster Server 2003?

Discussion in 'File Systems' started by Simon Jackson, Jul 26, 2006.

  1. Hi
    I have a single File Server with a DFS Root and Links defined.
    I have a new 2 Node Active Passive Cluster which is going to replace the old
    All Servers are Windows 2003 SP1 (not R2)

    I think my best course of action is to create a DFS resource on the Cluster
    and then use DFS-FRS to replicate the data to the cluster. Before
    decomissioning the original server.

    However I need some help with the steps to achieve this.
    In particular I want to ensure that the one-way replication has completed
    before enabling the cluster target and disabling the original target. The
    DFS contains roaming profiles and other information and I want to ensure the
    data remains consistent.

    I'm also concerned over what I do with the DFS Root
    As i want to decommission the original server at the end of the process, how
    do I ensure the DFS Root config is kept.

    Sorry about the newbie questions.....
    Simon Jackson, Jul 26, 2006
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  2. Having read through the newsgroup a little further I've realised that FRS is
    not supported to a clustered DFS server. Presumably this is because FRS
    isn't cluster aware.

    Can I still use FRS if I ensure that only 1 Node in the cluster is live.
    e.g. During my migration I prevent any failovers from occurring.

    In this instance I can then replicate from my original server to Node1 using
    DFS-FRS. i then get all my users off the network, remove the link to the
    original server, (so there is no longer any replication going on) then I can
    allow failover in the cluster again.

    I'm guessing that for this plan to succeed I may need to create the DFS link
    locally on Node1 and then after I've removed the first server, recreate the
    DFS as a clustered DFS.

    I've seen the following article
    HOW TO: Migrate a Dfs Root Configuration to a Windows 2000 Cluster

    Which presumably I have to include in my steps at some point.

    any help appreciated.
    Simon Jackson, Jul 26, 2006
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  3. Jill Zoeller [MSFT], Jul 27, 2006
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