Making a redundent windows share

Posted on 2011-05-10
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
I have 2 shared folders on one of my servers. Lets say the path is \\Server1\Share1 and \\Server1\Share2

When that server goes down, it obviously takes the connection to the shares down as well. The path to the shares are mapped to each of the workstations.

Is there a way to create another share on another server and somehow give it the same path name so that when Server1 goes down, the users will still be able to access the data that was on share that was mapped to their computers? Sorry for the confusion, i may be articulating this the wrong way. Basically i want it where if the server that houses my main share goes down, users will not affected.

Question by:jkpc21
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    Specifically you want a domain based DFS namespace that is hosted by multiple domain controllers.
    The path would be \\domain.local\dfs\folder1 which can then point to \\server1\share1 and a disabled link to \\server2\share1 . Use DFS replication to keep both folders in sync. Disable the link to the secondary server so that it doesn't get used unless you need to fail over. DFS doesn't have global file locking, so it is possible to modify the same file on multiple servers at the same time and the end result is that the version that was last saved overwrites all of the other changes.

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