DFS Setup Question

Posted on 2011-04-25
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
Hi everyone,

I’ve used DFS in the past to centralize shares from multiple servers, but never set it up to host multiple volumes as one share.  Is this possible?  

Here’s what my scenario and what I’m trying to accomplish.  We have a file server with a 2TB share that’s just about full (\\FileServer\Fileshare).  We want to add another 2TB share (new volume) and add that space to the current share.  We need to make this appear as one large share to the users.  The users get a mapped drive letter to \\Fileserver\fileshare from a login script.  BTW this is on a 2008 DC server.  

A standalone DFS namespace on this file server could accomplish this correct?  Is there a certain process to do this, or do I just need to create a new share and set DFS up.  

So essentially it would be \\FileServer for the namespace, then \Fileshare which would contain both the original \fileshare and the new \fileshare-new combined.  Would this work and be transparent to the users, or would I have to rename the original \fileshare to something different first?  

Any other ‘gotcha’s’ that I may encounter during this setup?  I need to be seamless for my end-users.

Thanks so much in advance!  
Question by:_enIT
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    I don't think it is possible to set up multiple volumes as one transparent share via DFS. If you could achieve it using a plain file share, then DFS would simply pick up that share.

    The only way I can see how to do it would be to have

    where volume1 and volume2 appear under a single DFS folder "fileshare".
    Otherwise you will probably need to span the two volumes together as a single virtual volume and then make the existing fileshare point to that.

    In regard to your seconds question a server based DFS can be set up. Is that what you need ?

    I had plenty of gotchas with a 2003 server, but I've not tried DFS with a 2008 server. Hopefully Microsoft have improved it.

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