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Microsoft Distributed File System (DFS) with replication

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Wireless_Snake, Nov 20, 2012.

  1. Wireless_Snake

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    Looking at using DFS with replication for redundancy between two windows file servers there seems to be a big mixed bag when it comes to using DFS does anyone here use it? Is anyone completely against it for what ever reason? Just looking for people's thoughts on it.
     
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  2. simongrahamuk
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    simongrahamuk Hmmmmmmm?

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    When I moved into my current role DFS was common across the network, however what I couldn't get was why? Since all of the data was located on single volume dfs roots and not distributed around the network as I would expect. For this reason, we now simply use regular shares as we have dedicated servers for the specific data types.

    Makes my life easier too since I know where to look straight away for stuff.
     
  3. Wireless_Snake

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    Thanks for your reply what do you do about redundancy? Is your setup redundant?
     
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  4. simongrahamuk
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    simongrahamuk Hmmmmmmm?

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    We have RAID 5 with a hot spare on the servers. We also use Previous Versions every 4 hours and DPM 2010 to back the lot up.

    Works for us. :-)
     
  5. Sparky
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    I use it to replicate shares across sites. Also use it for roaming profiles for users that travel between sites.
     
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  6. Wireless_Snake

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    Have you had any issues with this?
     
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  7. Sparky
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    Yup – if a user has a file open at site A and then a user opens the same file in site B then the first user does not get a “File is currently open by user X” message so you can get conflicts.

    You can get a third party product to fix this problem but it costs ££.
     
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