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Setup DFS on One Server with Multiple Shares

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Setup DFS on One Server with Multiple Shares

I have one Windows server that has one Share(company) and one folder (Department) under the Share, and over Hundred of subfolders under the "Department" folder.

The subfolders are getting larger and larger in size

If I make any changes on the Permissions at the "Department" folder, then it will take long hours for the Permissions to flow down.


I would like to know if :
I create several Shares(Company1,Company2,etc..) instead of one share that I have now (Company)

Then create several "Department" folders (Department1,Department2,etc...) under each share

Then move a bunch of subfolders under each "Department"

Well, there will be several Shares, this is why I am thinking if DFS will simplify the Mapping of those Shares to Mount Point instead of Drive letters.

I am not worried about Replication as we have Snapshots(Shadow copies)

Any Insights?

Thanks
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by:Paul MacDonald
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"...this is why I am thinking if DFS will simplify the Mapping of those Shares to Mount Point instead of Drive letters..."
This isn't how DFS works.

it's not clear what you're trying to accomplish - do you change permissions so often that waiting for permissions to propagate is a  problem?  Or is this an administrative issue - you want to be able to better manage the shares in your organization?

For starters, I wouldn't share at the "Company" level, I'd share at the "Department" (or sub-Department) level.  You can group users by department, then assign permissions to the group.  Adding people to various groups would give them permissions to various folders without the need to touch the folders themselves.
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by:jskfan
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What do you Suggest?
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by:jskfan
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With the Current Settings we have:

-Company (Share)
     *Department (Folder)
      .Marketing
      .Accounting
      . Sales

If you change permissions at the Department Level (Let's say you add Help Desk and give them permissions), It takes forever for the permissions to flow down.
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by:jskfan
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These are subfolders under Depatment folder
      .Marketing
      .Accounting
      . Sales
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If you have Marketing, Accounting, and Sales folders I'd create user groups called Marketing, Accounting, and Sales add the appropriate people to each group, then give the groups permission to the appropriate departmental folders.  

Now anyone in the Marketing group automatically has permissions to the Marketing folder and you don't have to do anything to the share itself.  It might take a while for these new permissions to percolate down, but once it's done, you're all set.

There's no indication if you're in an Active Directory domain or not.  If you are, create the groups in AD.
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by:jskfan
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Will do ......
Thanks
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by:Paul MacDonald
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Happy to help and thank you for the points.
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