Windows Server Troubleshooting - Dfs

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Distributed File System

Dfs allows you to build and share a file system tree structure that has content from many servers. Users view a simple tree structure and are now aware of which servers they are accessing as the traverse the tree.

Dfs can provide fault tolerance by having a link use alternate volumes. The alternate volumes provide redundancy and load balancing. If one server becomes unavailable the other is used automatically. Alternative paths should only be set up for read-only data unless some mechanism is used to synchronize the data on each alternative path.

What an Administrator builds:       What a user sees:

Dfs volume        
         
  normal share  
  Another
Dfs
volume
   
       
       
 
     
Alternate
paths