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Is DFS management effected by file size? Is latency increased by file size? Is there a way to prevent multiple users from working on the same file at the same time?
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You cannot prevent users from accessing and editing the same file at the same time on different DFS servers. See the following TechNet blog post "Understanding (the Lack of) Distributed File Locking in DFSR" for a better understanding of the limitations - http://blogs.technet.com/b/askds/archive/2009/02/20/understanding-the-lack-of-distributed-file-locking-in-dfsr.aspx

SharePoint would be Microsoft's preferred method of maintaining revisioning and access rights to files when in use.

Latency for DFS is dependent on various aspects, including the file being accessed, the type of replication in place, the network throughput between servers and the replication group configuration (schedule) configured. The "Understanding DFS Replication limits" TechNet blog post is a great starting point - http://blogs.technet.com/b/filecab/archive/2005/12/12/understanding-dfs-replication-_2200_limits_2200_.aspx

NOTE: that the blog post above is quite dated, but the basics of DFS haven't changed - but improved.

As far as you other question, I am unsure what you mean by DFS management and size. DFS doesn't really care about the file size.
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