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Moving a shared folder to another server - DFS?

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I'm running low on space on one of my servers. I'm looking to move some of the shared folders to another server, ideally without needing to change the mapping. I'm not clear whether distributed file systems is able to do this, or regardless of what I choose, I would have to update the shared folder location to the end-user?
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Can you provide the UNC path how you currently access the share ? are there other shares on the server which hosts it ? and will you be moving all those shares, or just one ?
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Right now it's just accessed via \\servername\sharedfolder, so \\main\apps in this case.(domain name hasn't been necessary, at least in the network) There are a few other shares that make up the bulk of the storage (user files)(e.g.; \\main\shared and \\main\users), that I would want to move next if necessart, but I figure moving applications would be a good first test. The shared and user folders are mapped to drives on the users machines, hence my concern.

How many I move depends on how quickly I can get a replacement server. :)
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Well you could use DFS to replicate the data to a new server, you would create a DFS name space for your company i.e

\\company.fqdn.com\namespace

within this you could create a root called sharename, and map this to \\servername\sharedfolder and \\newservername\sharedfolder , DFS replication would then ensure the folders would be fully synchronised.

The problem you have is that since you are mapping directly to the servers doing the migration without altering these would be trickier. I've seen it done with a server rename in the past, in the above example you would wait for replication to finish and then remove the old server, rename the new server to the old server name and clients would connect automatically.
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