Is it possible to create a distributed file system without active directory? We have 3 servers to replicate files across. A will be the primary and B & C need to have a copy of the same files. The biggest problem we face is that C is the other side of the country and so not on the same network.

Open to alternatives to DFS if it's not.


You can set up a stand-alone DFS Namespace without an AD domain, but to quote the documentation:

Can I use DFS Replication in a workgroup?

No. DFS Replication relies on Active Directory® Domain Services for configuration. It will only work in a domain.

  • So yes, but no? :) – Paul Apr 26 '13 at 12:35
  • You cannot replicate using DFS-R, no :-) – Mathias R. Jessen Apr 26 '13 at 12:47

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