The Configuring Distributed File System module provides you with the instruction and server hardware to develop your hands on skills in the defined topics. This module includes the following exercises:

  • Installing a Distributed File System
  • Configuring a DFS Namespace and Replication
  • Verifying a DFS Replica

Lab time: It will take approximately 1 hour to complete this lab.

Exam Objectives

The following exam objectives are covered in this lab:

  • Installing and Configuring a DFS Namespace
  • Configuring DFS Replication Targets
  • Configuring DFS Replication Scheduling and Bandwidth Utilization

Exercise 1 - Installing a Distributed File System

Distributed File System (DFS) provides the framework to consolidate shared folders coming from different servers into a unified file system. With DFS properly configured, network users will connect to DFS namespace or root folder share, after which the DFS will redirect the user to the server that owns the resource when changing from one folder to another.

Exercise 2 - Configuring a DFS Namespace and Replication

In the previous exercise, you successfully installed Distributed File System (DFS) on the selected servers, the next step is to create the DFS namespace. A DFS namespace is the root folder where network users connect to and access the shared folders coming from different servers in the domain.

With the DFS namespace configured, you will introduce redundancy to the shared folders by enabling DFS replication. Creating a replica of a folder provides continuous access to the shared folder in the event one of the members of the replication group become unavailable due to hardware issues or system maintenance.

Exercise 3 - Verifying a DFS Replica

After setting up DFS replication between PLABDM02 and PLABSA01, you will now verify that replication is functional between the devices.

DFS Management includes creating a diagnostic report that provides significant details about the replication status of folders included in the namespace.

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