File server DFS some examples on how its useful and ways to enable it in windows 2008.

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File server DFS some examples on how its useful and ways to enable it in windows 2008.

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It is useful in distributing load as well as it has a seamles fail-over since the user accesses the share as \\domain\share which is pointing to two or more servers as the targets.
Make sure you setup DFS replication this way the shares on multiple targets will have the same data.  (open files are not replicated until they are closed)

If you have branches, each location will have and access the local server which will better manage the usage of the network bandwidth.

Do not have info on the win2k8 part.
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc732863%28WS.10%29.aspx

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Here you have a step by step on how to set it up.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc732863(WS.10).aspx

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If we have just 1 server will it be useful to have dfs
zeglory the link is already provided by arnold
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Yes in terms of future expansion/addition/management.
Using a domain based share will make a transition to a larger shared storage easier.
This is accomplished first by configuring the replication from the existing to the new server.  Once the data is replicated, you can change the dfs target from servera to serverb, but the user will not need to change a thing.  If you use server based shares, when space is an issue, you would need to update each user to start using \\serverb\sharename.


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