Migrating a DFS-R Deployment to Azure File Sync

How to Deploy Azure File Sync and Migrate from an Existing DFS-R Environment.

Azure File Sync is a service that allows you to cache a number of Azure file shares on an on-premises Windows Server or cloud VM.

What you’ll learn

  • Complete some prerequisite steps that are necessary to prepare for the deployment of Azure File Sync.
  • Deploy a storage account.
  • Create an Azure file share.
  • Deploy the Azure File Sync service.
  • Install the Azure File Sync Agent on file servers.
  • Register servers with Azure File Sync.
  • Creating a server endpoints in Azure File Sync.
  • Disable replication connections in an existing DFS-R deployment.
  • Confirm data synchronization in Azure File Sync.
  • Retire DFS-R replication.
  • Enable Cloud Tiering in Azure File Sync.

Course Content

  • GETTING STARTED –> 2 lectures • 5min.
  • PREPARING FOR AZURE FILE SYNC –> 3 lectures • 7min.
  • BEGIN AZURE FILE SYNC DEPLOYMENT –> 4 lectures • 15min.
  • COMPLETE AZURE FILE SYNC DEPLOYMENT –> 4 lectures • 8min.
  • CONFIRM FUNCTIONALITY & RETIRE DFS-R –> 4 lectures • 17min.
  • WRAP-UP –> 1 lecture • 1min.

Migrating a DFS-R Deployment to Azure File Sync

Requirements

  • If you wish to actually perform the tasks that are explained throughout this course, you will need access to a non-production Active Directory lab. There are no prerequisites if you plan to just learn from watching the video explanations..

Azure File Sync is a service that allows you to cache a number of Azure file shares on an on-premises Windows Server or cloud VM.

Featuring numerous detailed hands-on demonstrations, this step-by-step course will teach you how to deploy deploy Azure File Sync and then how to migrate to it from DFS-R.

We will complete the following tasks:

  • PREPARE FOR AZURE FILE SYNC: We’ll kick things off with “Preparing for Azure File Sync”, where we will complete some prerequisite steps that are necessary to prepare for the deployment of Azure File Sync.
  • BEGIN AZURE FILE SYNC DEPLOYMENT: In “Begin the Azure File Sync Deployment”, you’ll learn how to begin the deployment of Azure File Sync as part of the migration away from an existing DFS-R environment.
  • COMPLETE THE DEPLOYMENT: As we move through the course, we’ll dive into “Completing the Azure File Sync Deployment”, where I’ll walk you through the completion of the Azure File Sync deployment for a fictional organization, called Berks Bikes.
  • RETIRE DFS-R REPLICATION: We’ll then move into “Confirming Functionality and Retiring DFS-R”, where we’ll ensure things are working as they should. We’ll confirm data is syncing, and that permissions are syncing as well. We’ll close things out by enabling Cloud Tiering, which improves file access times for end users.

By the time you finish this course, you’ll have an understanding of what’s involved in a migration from DFS-R to Azure File Sync.