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Currently in order to map users to their own home folder on an NT server I have to create a share for each user e.g. Home-John.
Now that there are 60 - 70 users I am concerned about the overhead on the server running so many shares.

Reading documentation on KiXtart I have discovered the following:
The Windows redirector software on Windows 9x systems does not support the concept of socalled ?deep? redirections (ie: redirecting a drive to a directory below the sharelevel, eg: ?\\SERVER\SHARE\USER?). As such, Novell?s MAP ROOT feature cannot be emulated
Deep redirections are possible on Windows NT systems, either by using the SUBST command, or by installing the Distributed FileSystem (DFS) client software.

The SUBST does not work for Networked drives.

HERE IS THE QUESTION
Is DFS a viable solution or would I be swapping one problem for another.
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by:ajprice
ID: 6474495
This isn't really answering your DFS questios,
but a suggestion none the less.  

Why not just
create a share named "Users" map to that, and
have their home directories nested under there...
only one share being advertised then.  Unless
you're using roaming profiles I wouldn't see
any problems.
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by:ajprice
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A little more input.  I just realized my answer was already nullified by your original question.  

Something else to think about though, unless you're running 2000, you won't be able to use Dfs.  I'm just about 99% sure on that one, unless there are some utilities that I haven't seen yet which is entirely possible.


Second, DFS is going to create it's own replication topology between it's replica members, and you can't see it or alter it.  It uses NT's replication method so it's only going to replicate changes... but with users directories, that's going to be a whole lot of changes replicating back and forth.  Big Repl-fest.

If you're worried about system resources, I'd stick with the shares.
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by:Roys
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Thought DFS was a non starter,
Any thoughts on alternate methods for MAP ROOT type functionality
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ajprice earned 600 total points
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Not real familiar with writing scripts.  I have just used the map function under User Manager for Domains seemed to work just fine.
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by:SysExpert
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To solve this you need a tool like the free scripting tool MS recommenbds-

http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q162/7/93.ASP  username Home directory for win9x kixtart


Kixtart :

Here's a few, you can also get a bit of info from the NT res.kit.
 
 http://netnet.net/~swilson/kix/
   http://kixtart.org/
  http://kixtart.org/helpdesk/
                              http://www.hockey.net/~kevinv/kixtart/index.shtml 
                            http://www.kixtart.to/ 
                            http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/q175/7/32.asp 
                            http://wwwcip.informatik.uni-erlangen.de/~orknorr/winkix.html 
                            http://davecentral.com/267.html 
http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q162/7/93.ASP  username Home directory for win9x kixtart
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I hope this helps !
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by:Roys
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The original question was "Is DFS viable"

The answer appears to be that it is overkill for my required solution.

KiXtart cannot simulate the MAP ROOT type facility, There is not a method where a user can have their drive mapped to a lower level than the share.
The map is at the share level and from then on it must be NT permissions which allow/hide information.
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