How do I create a Dfs root volume in Windows 2000?

A. Windows 2000 currently supports one Dfs root per server however this will be expanded in future versions of the operating system/service packs.

The Distributed File System has its own DFS Microsoft Management Console snap-in which has a shortcut on the Administrative Tools folder.

To create a new Dfs root perform the following:

  1. Start the Distributed File System MMC snap-in (Start - Programs - Administrative Tools - Distributed File System)
  2. Right click on the Distributed File System root and select ‘New Dfs Root…’
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  3. The Dfs root creation wizard will be started, click Next to the introduction screen
  4. The next screen gives the option of a fault-tolerant Dfs root which uses the Active Directory to store the information or a standalone Dfs root if the Active Directory is not available or not wanted. Select ‘Create a domain Dfs root’ and click Next

    Select a domain to use. A list of available domains will be displayed and the current domain will be selected as the current choice. Click Next. This screen is not displayed if you are not creating a fault-tolerant Dfs root.
  5. You will need to select a server to host the Dfs root (a domain member if fault tolerant) and must be running the Dfs service. The current server will be selected but can be changed by typing a domain name or click Browse. Click Next
  6. The next stage is to select a share to act as the Dfs root. A list of existing shares will be displayed or you can select to create a new share by entering a share name and location. Click Next
  7. Each Dfs root requires a unique name and will, by default, be the name of the share although you can change this. You can also select to add the new Dfs root to the current console. Click Next
  8. A summary screen will be displayed showing the domain, server, share and Dfs root name. Click Finish to create the Dfs root
  9. Once complete a success message will be displayed. Click OK

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