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Thursday, March 7, 2013

DFS Testing In A Lab–Part 1

I have never used DFS before. This changes now.

As noted in a previous blog post, we have a small lab setup in place. My plan is to build out a Windows 2012 domain and do some DFS testing. My thinking for an initial setup is the following:

  • Networks
    • Lab LAN01
    • Lab LAN02
  • Servers
    • Win12-DC01
      • 192.162.1.10
      • AD, DNS, DHCP for 192.168.1.200+
    • Win12-DC02
      • 192.168.2.10
      • AD, DNS, DHCP for 192.168.2.200+
    • Win12-RRAS
      • 192.168.1.1
      • 192.168.2.1
    • Win12-FS01
      • 192.168.1.20
    • Win12-FS02
      • 192.168.2.20
    • Win7-Client01
      • DHCP Client

The setup will be pretty basic, but I am hoping it will allow me to install, configure, and test the features of DFS. The domain will have two sites on two subnets. DFS will be configured and used on both file servers. In this Part 1 post, O will be setting up the RRAS server and the two domain controllers. Here are the actual configuration steps I am taking:

  • Create VMs (differencing disks from a base Win12 install)
  • Configure RRAS server first
    • Rename server.
    • This server has two NICs. Give each its IP address. Only configure IP address and subnet mask.
    • Installed the ‘Remote Access’ Role (which added other roles and features as needed).
      • Made sure the ‘Routing’ Role service was selected
    • Open RRAS console.
      • Right-click on server and select ‘Configure and Enable Routing and Remote Access’
      • Enable LAN-to-LAN routing
    • Enable ‘Allow PING’ in firewall
  • Configure first DC
    • Configure IP address
    • Rename server
    • Enable ‘Allow PING’ in firewall
    • Install ADDS Role
    • Promote server to DC
      • Create new domain: DFSLab.local
    • Install DHCP Role and configure to hand out IP addresses for clients on the 192.168.1.x network
  • Configure second DC
    • Configure IP address
    • Rename server
    • Enable ‘Allow PING’ in firewall
    • Install ADDS Role
    • Promote server to DC
      • Add to existing domain
        • Had to move the server onto the same subnet as my first DC
        • Had to add a DNS server address in the IP config
    • Put server back on its own subnet
  • Set up two Sites and subnets in Active Directory Sites and Services
  • Test connectivity

In Part 2, I will be adding the two file servers and a client computer.

I would love to hear your thoughts and recommendations regarding this. I am in new waters here and any guidance/thoughts/hints would be wonderful.

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