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Data redundancy technics between two servers -- Thinking DFS or Cluster perhaps

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Dear Experts, I have a file server that is getting old and another old server that is just as old. I will like to make them both work as one so in case one dies the other takes over if possible transparently.

What I have in mind is a crossover cable between the two servers with their own subnet doing clustering perhaps... Is that a good idea do you know a better method to achieve what we want to do. If so do you know the steps to take to get this done well. Is DFS better?

Other ideas are welcome as long as they are inexpensive we are a poor company.

Thank you experts!
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Clustering requires shared disk (read SAN) so unless your data is already stored on a SAN, clustering won't help.

DFS would work fine - DFS would replicate the storage between the two boxes.  Once you configure DFS shares, you can prefer a particular server or let the client decide for itself.  Either way, if the server a client is connected to goes offline, the clients will start using the other server.
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Thank you!
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