This document will walk you through the steps required to install Distributed File System in your environment.
Distributed File System (DFS) is a file share replicated across multiple servers and locations to increase up-time and reduce access issues related to geography (latency and bandwidth).
Microsoft's Distributed File System is a role you can install on Windows Server to automatically synchronize files between servers. It gives you a unified namespace so you can always access files from the closest server. You can set it up for high availability of important files or efficient distribution of files, such as at branch offices.
Now, to setup site two, go through all the same steps for site one except step five in Server Roles. You only need to select DFS Replication and select Add Features. Do not need to select DFS namespaces.
Next steps in setting up DFS on Windows Server will be to set up your Namespaces. Namespaces are used to call the shared file area that you are replicating. To setup Namespaces:
Note: It is not mandatory to configure the replication group, In case the Replication Group is configured, the endpoints in the network will access the nearest server in the replication group.
To configure a DFS Replication Group:
You have now successfully finished setting up DFS on Windows Server.
Endpoint Central can leverage DFS shares to replicate software packages to local field offices so that, they can deploy quickly to local machines in that office. This decreases the installation time and reduces network pressure on the WAN network from the home office to the field site.
To configure DFS Share
You have now chosen DFS Share as your Network Share repository. When you create a package, you can choose the packages present in the DFS Share folder as shown below.