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G'day,

We have a shared folder for staff use that is starting to spiral out of control (it hit 1TB today). It is a real headache to backup and it is only going to get worse.

Breaking it up is an issue because we do not want to break the users' links/shortcuts. So we are looking for a way to make it all appear to be in one place (for the user) but to actually store the data in multiple locations.

I believe that in Unix you can replace a folder with a link and the user doesn't notice a difference but I am not aware of a way to do this in the Windows environment.

We do use DFS but the DFS link goes to the root of this folder ... so any changes here would again result in paths changing (which we are trying to avoid).

Any ideas would be welcome ... either 3rd party software or built-in Windows solutions.

Thanks,
Dave
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You can create Symbolic Links in Windows, they're called Junctions and there's a tool for creating them here:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb896768.aspx

I opted not to use them in my file system, which was moved from a Unix based system with heavy use of Symbolic Links, so I can't share any stories of success or failure I'm afraid. But it "should work" (tm).

Chris
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Thanks Chris ... I was just looking at that page myself.

Looks like it will do the job ... apparently you have to watch for strange behavior if you delete the junction with using the tool.

Dave
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