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MOAC Server Configuration Lab 6

MOAC Server Configuration Lab 6

Author: Jacob Sorem
  • Install the File Server Resource Manager
  • Create and Manage Windows File Shares
  • Configure DFS Namespaces and DFS-Replication

A File Server is one of the most visible, and valuable, parts of any domain.  So much company data is now stored in a centralized location.  Being able to manage access to this data will become an important aspect of every IT Department.

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Exercise 6.1 Part 1

Some file service role and role services are installed when you first install Server 2012. (Yes, that sentence is confusing to me too, but that's how Microsoft names things. :-)

As a result, to do the first 2 exercises (6.1 and 6.2) no additional configuration, role additions, or feature additions are necessary.

Exercise 6.1 Part 2

In order to do Exercises 6.3 and 6.4, you wil need additional roles. I found the roles you will need to install and demonstrate that here.

Exercise 6.1 Questions

After step 9

Question 1: What reports does this screen generate by default?

(Note: if you are using Server 2012, this question will not be applicable)

After step 10

Question 2: Where are reports stored by default?

(Note: if you are using Server 2012, this question will not be applicable)

Exercise 6.2 Part A

Creating local users and groups on both xx and yy computers.

Note: if you are using the MOAC lab manual, there may be a couple of misprints. In step 1 you should log into the W2K8zz computer (meaning do the configuration on both the xx and yy computers).

When you create the users W2K8zzTest01, create W2K8xxTest01 on the xx computer and W2K8yyTest01 on the yy computer. If you use zz on both computers, you will not see the expected behavior in this lab.

One more additional note: Since we are not on a domain, we are creating local accounts. Consider how much more useful files services are in a domain where you use the same account on multiple computers.

Exercise 6.2 Part B

Creating file shares and permissions on each computer.

Exercise 6.2 Questions, Part B

After step 5

Question 3: What is the access level granted to the newly added user?

(This answer will vary depending on whether you are on Server 2008 or Server 2012)

After step 6

Question 4: What are the available access levels that can be granted?

(This answer will vary depending on whether you are on Server 2008 or Server 2012)

After step 8

Question 5: What is the UNC path of the newly created share?

After step 12

Question 6: What are the UNC paths of all shares configured on both servers?

Exercise 6.2 Part C

Confirming file share access

Exercise 6.2 Questions, Part C

After step 3

Question 7: Why is the local user from one computer able to access resources on the other computer?

After step 6

Question 8: Why are you now prompted for a username and password?

After step 8

Question 9: Which folders are you able to access and why??

After step 13

Question 10: Which folders were you able to access?

Exercise 6.3

Configuring DFS-Namespaces

Exercise 6.3 Questions

Part A, after step 5

Question 11: What message do you receive?

Part A, after step 8

Question 12: What is the local path of the shared folder?

Question 13: What are the default shared folder permissions?

Part B, after step 3

Question 14: Which folders are you able to access?

Part B, after step 7

Question 15: Which folders are you able to access?

Exercise 6 Cleanup

Lab cleanup