Active/Active file server solutions?

Posted on 2007-07-25
Last Modified: 2013-11-14
I have redundant file servers that I am currently running in an active/passive cluster using Windows 2003.  Is there a solution that would allow for an active/active configuration (3rd party suggestions are fine)?  I can't use dfs because I need to make sure that if one file is open on one server for editing, it cannot be opened on the other for editing as well.  Thanks!
Question by:ETM_INC
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    No. There is no such solution, as far as I know.
    DFS can supply partial resolution, as data can be replicated between different DFS servers, however, locking of files can get interesting.
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    Sorry - so DFS is out of the question. If you decide to use Linux, you can utilize it over a shared GFS or OCFS, which is a concurrent access filesystem. Then you can supply file services on both (or more) nodes. Add this to a good load balancer, and you're fine.

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    I've seen this company that looks like it might be what I'm looking for, but I don't quite understand exactly how it works.  Does anyone have experience with them?

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    Thanks for your help.  I was hoping someone might have some more info, but I guess not.

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