The Basics of the Windows Server 2008 Distributed File System (DFS)

For those of you who are not using Distributed File System (DFS) I would really encourage you to have a close look at what it is, and consider the value it will add to the management of your companys file system.

Ive found this excellent blog post by Jose Barreto (Senior Program Manager with the File Server Foundation team) called “The Basics of the Windows Server 2008 Distributed File System (DFS)” (Yes, I did copy the blog post title :-) )

Its a best practice to set up DFS for managing the file system, and I always encourage my clients to implement this for the following main reasons:

-Unified file structure (\domain.localShare-root) for file shares
-Future file server replacements will be transparent to users and applications
-Replication (WAN-scaling and redundancy)

DFS links (copied from Joses post):

TechNet on DFS
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc753479.aspx

DFS Step-by-Step Guide for Windows Server 2008
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc732863.aspx

DFSUTIL overview
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc782897.aspx

DFS Step-by-Step Guide for Windows Server 2003 R2
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc737358.aspx

DFS FAQ (from Windows Server 2003 R2)
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/techinfo/overview/dfsfaq.mspx