Trying out DFS - how to combine all physical file servers to one?

Discussion in 'File Systems' started by Newbie, Jun 22, 2009.

  1. Newbie

    Newbie Guest

    If I understand correctly, I can use DFS to mush all physical file servers
    together and assign one virtual name such as:

    \\fileserver\user

    instead of:

    \\fs1\user
    \\fs2\user
    \\fs3\user

    I'm testing it in VM but can't seem to figure out a way to make it happen.
    Any help would be greatly appreciated.
     
    Newbie, Jun 22, 2009
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  2. Newbie

    NickT Guest

    If you have three shares, then you are going to have 3 DFS leaves or end
    points.

    So the 3 shares you have listed below are on 3 separate servers, DFS can
    combine them into a single logical view such as:

    \\fileserver\dfs-root\UsersData\User1 Which points to \\fs1\user
    \\fileserver\dfs-root\UsersData\User2 Which points to \\fs2\user
    \\fileserver\dfs-root\UsersData\User3 Which points to \\fs3\user

    So to the end user they will see a folder called UsersData, and 3 folders in
    there, each of which is actually the 3 separate shares.

    \\FileServer\
    --- DFS-ROOT\
    --------UsersData\
    ------------User1
    ------------User2
    ------------User3

    Then if you move any of these shares, all you do is change the DFS pointer,
    the user never knows where the date is, or cares.. Just that they can get
    to it.


    -- Nick

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    "Newbie" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    >
    > If I understand correctly, I can use DFS to mush all physical file servers
    > together and assign one virtual name such as:
    >
    > \\fileserver\user
    >
    > instead of:
    >
    > \\fs1\user
    > \\fs2\user
    > \\fs3\user
    >
    > I'm testing it in VM but can't seem to figure out a way to make it happen.
    > Any help would be greatly appreciated.
    >
    >
     
    NickT, Jun 22, 2009
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    DaveMills Guest

    You can achieve

    \\fileserver\user1
    \\fileserver\user2
    \\fileserver\user3

    where "fileserver" is a DFS path that may be something like
    \\domain\dfsroot\all_user_folders

    instead of

    \\fs1\user1
    \\fs2\user2
    \\fs3\user3

    but you cannot combine the content of shares from several servers into a single
    apparent share.

    A typical use would be to have \\domain\dfsroot\All_Data
    the within the All_Data folder created DFS links that point to data folders on
    various servers such as Engineering or Accounts. The data is actually stored on
    the department servers but is accessed via an apparent domain wide share.


    On Mon, 22 Jun 2009 12:57:40 -0400, "Newbie" <> wrote:

    >If I understand correctly, I can use DFS to mush all physical file servers
    >together and assign one virtual name such as:
    >
    >\\fileserver\user
    >
    >instead of:
    >
    >\\fs1\user
    >\\fs2\user
    >\\fs3\user
    >
    >I'm testing it in VM but can't seem to figure out a way to make it happen.
    >Any help would be greatly appreciated.
    >

    --
    Dave Mills
    There are 10 types of people, those that understand binary and those that don't.
     
    DaveMills, Jun 23, 2009
    #3
  4. Newbie

    Newbie Guest

    Hi Dave,

    Thanks for your reply, I tried this before I saw your reply but it didn't
    work as expected (now I know why):

    from DFS MMC, I added a new folder called User. In User folder, I added the
    following Folder Targets:

    \\fs1\user1
    \\fs2\user2
    \\fs3\user3

    From different desktops, I see different results. One would show the
    contents of "user1", others would show "user2" and one shows path not found.

    Based on your reply, I need to add different folders such as "User1",
    "User2" "User3" in DFS and assign the actual path to the server in each
    folder defined.

    Thanks



    "DaveMills" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > You can achieve
    >
    > \\fileserver\user1
    > \\fileserver\user2
    > \\fileserver\user3
    >
    > where "fileserver" is a DFS path that may be something like
    > \\domain\dfsroot\all_user_folders
    >
    > instead of
    >
    > \\fs1\user1
    > \\fs2\user2
    > \\fs3\user3
    >
    > but you cannot combine the content of shares from several servers into a
    > single
    > apparent share.
    >
    > A typical use would be to have \\domain\dfsroot\All_Data
    > the within the All_Data folder created DFS links that point to data
    > folders on
    > various servers such as Engineering or Accounts. The data is actually
    > stored on
    > the department servers but is accessed via an apparent domain wide share.
    >
    >
    > On Mon, 22 Jun 2009 12:57:40 -0400, "Newbie" <> wrote:
    >
    >>If I understand correctly, I can use DFS to mush all physical file servers
    >>together and assign one virtual name such as:
    >>
    >>\\fileserver\user
    >>
    >>instead of:
    >>
    >>\\fs1\user
    >>\\fs2\user
    >>\\fs3\user
    >>
    >>I'm testing it in VM but can't seem to figure out a way to make it happen.
    >>Any help would be greatly appreciated.
    >>

    > --
    > Dave Mills
    > There are 10 types of people, those that understand binary and those that
    > don't.
     
    Newbie, Jun 24, 2009
    #4
  5. Newbie

    DaveMills Guest

    On Wed, 24 Jun 2009 09:45:59 -0400, "Newbie" <> wrote:

    >Hi Dave,
    >
    >Thanks for your reply, I tried this before I saw your reply but it didn't
    >work as expected (now I know why):
    >
    >from DFS MMC, I added a new folder called User. In User folder, I added the
    >following Folder Targets:
    >
    >\\fs1\user1
    >\\fs2\user2
    >\\fs3\user3
    >
    >From different desktops, I see different results. One would show the
    >contents of "user1", others would show "user2" and one shows path not found.
    >
    >Based on your reply, I need to add different folders such as "User1",
    >"User2" "User3" in DFS and assign the actual path to the server in each
    >folder defined.
    >
    >Thanks


    Yep. I am in a school so I have
    \\domain\dfsroot\Home\Staff --> \\server\Staff$
    \\domain\dfsroot\Home\Year08--> \\server\Year08$
    \\domain\dfsroot\Home\Year07--> \\server\Year07$

    The destination Year/Staff server may be a different server for each collection
    of home folders and DFS hides this fact. I can move a year group to a new server
    at any time and just change the DFS redirection. No users need know about the
    change.

    >
    >
    >
    >"DaveMills" <> wrote in message
    >news:...
    >> You can achieve
    >>
    >> \\fileserver\user1
    >> \\fileserver\user2
    >> \\fileserver\user3
    >>
    >> where "fileserver" is a DFS path that may be something like
    >> \\domain\dfsroot\all_user_folders
    >>
    >> instead of
    >>
    >> \\fs1\user1
    >> \\fs2\user2
    >> \\fs3\user3
    >>
    >> but you cannot combine the content of shares from several servers into a
    >> single
    >> apparent share.
    >>
    >> A typical use would be to have \\domain\dfsroot\All_Data
    >> the within the All_Data folder created DFS links that point to data
    >> folders on
    >> various servers such as Engineering or Accounts. The data is actually
    >> stored on
    >> the department servers but is accessed via an apparent domain wide share.
    >>
    >>
    >> On Mon, 22 Jun 2009 12:57:40 -0400, "Newbie" <> wrote:
    >>
    >>>If I understand correctly, I can use DFS to mush all physical file servers
    >>>together and assign one virtual name such as:
    >>>
    >>>\\fileserver\user
    >>>
    >>>instead of:
    >>>
    >>>\\fs1\user
    >>>\\fs2\user
    >>>\\fs3\user
    >>>
    >>>I'm testing it in VM but can't seem to figure out a way to make it happen.
    >>>Any help would be greatly appreciated.
    >>>

    >> --
    >> Dave Mills
    >> There are 10 types of people, those that understand binary and those that
    >> don't.

    >

    --
    Dave Mills
    There are 10 types of people, those that understand binary and those that don't.
     
    DaveMills, Jun 25, 2009
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