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Does it just place many file locations into one common virtual location or does it also do load balancing?
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DFS can do both - you can either use namespaces to link many different shares on your servers into one distinct share which is accessed as part of the domain. You can also enable the Replication feature, which allows you to replicate data between servers. The replicated shares can then be added as part of a node in a namespace, which allows you to do a very simple form of failover between the replicated shares if one share where to become unaccessible.

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Assuming that the users are accessing the DFS root through the DFS share, they will automatically see increased performance due to DFS load balancing. The DFS servers will automatically balance user traffic among the various replicas so that no one replica is carrying the full user workload (assuming that the server is being accessed through the DFS share).

Ref: http://searchwincomputing.techtarget.com/tip/0,289483,sid68_gci1140632,00.html
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