How does windows handle file copy operations made across the network via an intermediate machine?
Posted on 2009-06-29
Less of a critical problem, more a point of interest - someone asked me about this the other day and I realised I had no idea.
When starting a file copying operation in Explorer on PC1 from \\PC2\Share to \\PC3\Share, does the operation go via PC1? Most testing I've seen would indicate yes, but I was thrown when I noticed that moving files between two shares on PC2 was done instantly, i.e. it was known that files were on the same logical disk.
Any info about the logic windows uses for this would be very appreciated. Is there any difference between XP and Vista in this regard?
Thanks in advance