Release date: January 9th 2019
In order to set up VMware DEM, we will need to create file-shares to host UEM Profiles and Config. For this I will deploy two file-servers with DFS Replication. In vSphere I will create an Anti-Affinity rule to make sure that these servers are never on the same ESXI-server in case of hardware failure. This setup will ensure fault tolerance and availability. My design, which I did in the planning phase, will be as follows:
In sum, this setup will be done as follows:
- Deploy two file-servers. I won’t document this here, as it is a straightforward procedure that I assume my audience for this topic are comfortable with.
- Install DFS-Roles on both file-servers
- Create C:\UEM folder on both servers
- Configure DFS Namespace
- Configure Replication Group
- Publish Replicated folder in Namespace
- Test replication
Install DFS-Roles on both file-servers
I log into the servers and add the roles: DFS Namespaces, DFS Replication, and File Server Resource Manager
I choose DFS Namespaces, DFS Replication, and File Server Resource Manager
Configure DFS Namespace
Now that the necessary roles and features are installed on both of my file-servers I can proceed with configuring the DFS. In DFS Management I click “New Namespace”
I choose which file-server will host the Namespace, in my case this will be VIEW-UEM01
I give my namespace the “incredible innovative” name “DFS”
Configure Replication Group
I type in a descriptive name for my replication group
I add in my file servers as members in my replication group.
I choose my topology, in this case, Full Mesh. I know that this isn’t supported ref. VMware’s UEM – Supported configurations (2137300), but as this is my LAB, I will go with this config.
Next I choose my primary member
Next I choose the folder C:\UEM which I have created on both file-servers.
Publish Replicated folder in Namespace
I add in my file servers
I publish it to the namespace with the foldername UEM
My replicated folder “UEM”, is now published to the namespace
I will now test the replication, I create at txt-file on the DFS Share first
When I check the folders directly on the file-servers, I can verify that the txt has been replicated to all file-servers
Now I can proceed with setting up share and permissions for UemConfig and UemProfiles, covered here: VMware DEM Prepare File Shares and Permissions
Disclaimer: Every tips/tricks/posting I have published here, is tried and tested in different it-solutions. It is not guaranteed to work everywhere, but is meant as a tip for other users out there. Remember, Google is your friend and don’t be afraid to steal with pride! Feel free to comment below as needed.