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The Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 File Services guide provides the basic building blocks upon which many other infrastructure services are based. Enjoy peace of mind in knowing that all critical phases of the plan are included, allowing you to establish a good foundation for future expansion. Key information is provided to bring your infrastructure up to date, saving you time and money. Each phase is thoroughly explained in easy-to-follow steps, helping you efficiently navigate through the process of managing your infrastructure.


Figure 1. Decision flow chart

The Infrastructure Planning and Design Guide for Windows Server 2008 File Services includes the following seven-step process:

Step 1: Determine the Scope of the File Services Project. The focus of this step is to define the goals of the project so that these can be applied to the design to ensure its applicability and success.

Step 2: Determine the Files, Servers, and Clients That Will Be Included. This step involves assessing the current File Services infrastructure to define the scope of any redesign that might be required.

Step 3: Assess the Need for Replication or Caching. In this step, inventory collected in Step 2 is examined to determine whether replication or caching may be needed.

Step 4: Design the BranchCache Infrastructure. This step involves determining the appropriate mode of BranchCache for each branch and the design of the infrastructure.

Step 5: Design the DFS Replication Infrastructure. This step involves designing the DFS Replication infrastructure.

Step 6: Design the File Services Infrastructure. This step involves designing the File Services infrastructure.

Step 7: Determine Whether Namespace Services Will Be Required. This step involves deciding whether to implement a DFS Namespace in the organization.


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