Question about DFS & load balancing
Posted on 2005-03-09
I'm currently researching & testing for a DFS implementation. My environment will consist of a DFS controller (DFS) and 2 File Servers (FS1, FS2). I've created the DFS root and set up the root targets (\\FS1\Share1, FS2\Share1).
I've tested the file replication & everything works great. However I'm trying to find out more information on the load balancing portion of DFS. (unless I am confused) the DFS will route clients to either FS1 or FS2 depending on load. Is there a way to view this load balancing info so I can see that it is working? Any utilities that I can use?
Secondly, I am worried about concurrent control of files. If user1 opens a file and gets routed to FS1 for that file, what happens if user2 opens the same file but gets routed to FS2 because of load balancing. In a normal environment user2 would have to open the file read-only since it is already in use. But in a DFS they actually are opening 2 different files. How does DFS manage this problem? Please support your answers...
Thanks very much