How to migrate a DFS Namespace to Windows Server 2008 Mode


Hello dear readers,
In this short article I want to show you how to migrate a DFS Namespace that was enabled for Windows 2000 mode.  Suppose you are using a Windows Server 2003 infrastructure and want to migrate it to Windows Server 2008. Besides the OS install you will also need to migrate all the DFS infrastructure to the new Servers. DFS offers the possibility of exporting a namespace to an xml file and then importing it to your new namespace. To migrate our namespace we will use dfsutil command. Open command prompt and type the following:
The namespace will be exported in the specified path
dfsutil root export \\ppscu.com\Documents C:\namespace.xml
We will now remove the namespace by typing the following:
dfsutil root remove \\ppscu.com\Documents
 
On the new Servers that are running at Windows Server 2008 mode, we will recreate our namespace using the same dfsutil command:
dfsutil root adddom \\ppscu.com\Documents
 
The config file must now be imported to the new namespace by typing the following:
dfsutil root import merge C:\namespace.xml \\ppscu.com\Documents
Once you migrate all the files and folders to your new servers, you will have a new DFS infrastructure running in Windows Server 2008 mode. The migration process should be easy to follow and implement. That’s about it for this short article folks, stay tuned for the following posts from IT training day.
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