I’m standing-up a Nutanix File cluster and want to move an existing WIndows DFS Namespace to the cluster. The namespace needs to remain the same as it is used by web apps. I thought I could simply add the AFS cluster as a Namespace server, replicate the files, and then remove the old namespace servers. However, when I go to add the new namespace server, it wants a local folder location which isn’t available. I was sure I saw that Nutanix Files is compatible with Windows DFS but I don’t know what I’m missing. Suggestions?
Best answer by DavidN
We migrated to Files from another NAS like system. To my knowledge (and I could be wrong) Nutanix Files can only be a DFS-N folder target, not a namespace server…
Searching their latest 3.6 documentation & release notes, I didn’t find any references for a namespace server migration or support. To be 100% I’d recommend calling support...
Add new Namespace server(s) to each namespace - (Windows Server)
(wait ‘til clients refresh/pickup new namespace servers)
Replicate data (& verify) - Depending on amount of data, this could be going on in the background before cutover
Add new folder target (shares on Nutanix Files) but leave their state Disabled
Disable old folder target (if this can be offline at all)
Replicate one last time & verify data is identical
Enable new Folder target on Nutanix Files
Disable old Folder target