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Network Share Symlinks (Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter Edition)

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Hello,

We have a simple problem but have not found a solution. To put it simply, we have 2 main servers:
Server1
Server2

We then have network shares on other servers(Server3,Server4,Server5, etc) mapping Z (e.x. \\Server3\Z$) to a folder on Server1(\\Server1\folder).

We want Server2 to access all these other servers(Server3,Server4,Server5, etc) and have access to this folder(\\Server3\Z$). That didn't work, Server2 wasn't able to access Z$.

We've tried mklink and were able to make a symlink of Z:\ to \\Server3\somefolder but then accessing it from Server2 gives an error "The device is not ready".

Right now, we're just making copies of the same folder and placing them on the individual servers(Server3, Server4, etc) but thats taking a lot of space(its a 30GB folder) and we make frequent changes to the files we want to share. The application we use does not have the ability to just get the files from Server1.

Any ideas?
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What you want to use is a DFS Namspace, preferably a domain based namespace.

Wikipedia Overview
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Distributed_File_System_(Microsoft)

Technet Description and information including "With Distributed File System (DFS), system administrators can make it easy for users to access and manage files that are physically distributed across a network. With DFS, you can make files distributed across multiple servers appear to users as if they reside in one place on the network. Users no longer need to know and specify the actual physical location of files in order to access them."

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc776840(WS.10).aspx

Step-by-step guide
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc732863(WS.10).aspx
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Thank you.
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