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How to Share a subfolder properly
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Len B
2009-09-08 11:00:28 UTC
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SBS2003 server named FSR 2 x Server2008 named DFS1 & DFS2 which
are configured identically for hardware, software and folder structure.

DFS is setup on D:\Data of DFS1 and D:\Data of DFS2 matches
Under that is a folder called DocCentral (shared)

Login script includes net use S: \\domain\dfs\DocCentral

Under DocCentral folder is a folder called Family that I need
to share so that net use N: \\...\Family can be added to script.

I shared Family on DFS1. It didn't show as shared on DFS2 as I
expected it to. Seems I don't understand dfs well enough and I can't
find the penny to get it to drop. I've read technet stuff re dfs for
win 2k and figure it will not be much different for 2003 or 2008.

I know I could access it by \\DFS1\Family and dfs will take care of
updating DFS2 but I have a nag that there must be a better way.
Do I just create the share on DFS2 and use \\domain\dfs\family ?
I didn't dare just try it because I know my understanding is flawed.

Anyone figure which penny I'm missing or which one I've got wrong?

TIA
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DaveMills
2009-09-09 19:56:00 UTC
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You do seem rather confused.

First there are "Server Shares",. These are the shares you create on a server
and access as \\DFS1\Family (for example) and a second share \\DFS2\Family. You
can open these shares and there is no relationship between them. The content is
different (of course it may be identical but that is not a function of the
sharing). All of this is more or less identical to what is available in Windows
3.11 15 years ago.

Now you can set up DFS Replication to make sure the content is kept identical.
This replicates D:\Data\DocCentral on DFS1 with D:Data\DocCentral on DFS2. Note
this does not involve "shares" at all but replicated the physical storage
location folders.

Now you can open \\DFS1\Family or \\DFS2\Family and the same data will always be
present because of the DFSR replication. So far we have not used DFS name space
at all.

Now you can set up a DFS name space and create \DOMAIN\Root\Family and have it
point to both the above shares. When a used opens \\Domain\Root\Family they will
be directed to either DFS1 or DFS2 at random (not exactly true but will do for
this explanation). It does not matter which since DFSR is keeping the two copies
identical.

I recommend reading "How DFS Works" to get a better understanding of what is
happening.
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc782417(WS.10).aspx
Post by Len B
SBS2003 server named FSR 2 x Server2008 named DFS1 & DFS2 which
are configured identically for hardware, software and folder structure.
DFS is setup on D:\Data of DFS1 and D:\Data of DFS2 matches
Under that is a folder called DocCentral (shared)
Login script includes net use S: \\domain\dfs\DocCentral
Under DocCentral folder is a folder called Family that I need
to share so that net use N: \\...\Family can be added to script.
I shared Family on DFS1. It didn't show as shared on DFS2 as I
expected it to. Seems I don't understand dfs well enough and I can't
find the penny to get it to drop. I've read technet stuff re dfs for
win 2k and figure it will not be much different for 2003 or 2008.
I know I could access it by \\DFS1\Family and dfs will take care of
updating DFS2 but I have a nag that there must be a better way.
Do I just create the share on DFS2 and use \\domain\dfs\family ?
I didn't dare just try it because I know my understanding is flawed.
Anyone figure which penny I'm missing or which one I've got wrong?
TIA
--
Dave Mills
There are 10 types of people, those that understand binary and those that don't.
Len B
2009-09-10 04:17:00 UTC
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Thanks Dave.
Love your sig tag line.

The technet article is printing as I type. Don't know why it didn't
appear in my searching.

Excellent explanation!! I already understood paragraphs 2 & 3 in
isolation and of course I knew paragraph 4 would work but I had
the nag that I was missing something because such a solution was
less than elegant. The bit I was missing was namespace. I expect
the article will fill me in.

Thank you.
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Len
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"DaveMills" <***@newsgroup.nospam> wrote in message news:***@4ax.com...
| You do seem rather confused.
|
| First there are "Server Shares",. These are the shares you create on a
server
| and access as \\DFS1\Family (for example) and a second share
\\DFS2\Family. You
| can open these shares and there is no relationship between them. The
content is
| different (of course it may be identical but that is not a function of
the
| sharing). All of this is more or less identical to what is available in
Windows
| 3.11 15 years ago.
|
| Now you can set up DFS Replication to make sure the content is kept
identical.
| This replicates D:\Data\DocCentral on DFS1 with D:Data\DocCentral on
DFS2. Note
| this does not involve "shares" at all but replicated the physical storage
| location folders.
|
| Now you can open \\DFS1\Family or \\DFS2\Family and the same data will
always be
| present because of the DFSR replication. So far we have not used DFS name
space
| at all.
|
| Now you can set up a DFS name space and create \DOMAIN\Root\Family and
have it
| point to both the above shares. When a used opens \\Domain\Root\Family
they will
| be directed to either DFS1 or DFS2 at random (not exactly true but will
do for
| this explanation). It does not matter which since DFSR is keeping the two
copies
| identical.
|
| I recommend reading "How DFS Works" to get a better understanding of what
is
| happening.
| http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc782417(WS.10).aspx
|
| On Tue, 8 Sep 2009 21:00:28 +1000, "Len B" <***@internode0.on0.net>
wrote:
|
| >SBS2003 server named FSR 2 x Server2008 named DFS1 & DFS2 which
| >are configured identically for hardware, software and folder structure.
| >
| >DFS is setup on D:\Data of DFS1 and D:\Data of DFS2 matches
| >Under that is a folder called DocCentral (shared)
| >
| >Login script includes net use S: \\domain\dfs\DocCentral
| >
| >Under DocCentral folder is a folder called Family that I need
| >to share so that net use N: \\...\Family can be added to script.
| >
| >I shared Family on DFS1. It didn't show as shared on DFS2 as I
| >expected it to. Seems I don't understand dfs well enough and I can't
| >find the penny to get it to drop. I've read technet stuff re dfs for
| >win 2k and figure it will not be much different for 2003 or 2008.
| >
| >I know I could access it by \\DFS1\Family and dfs will take care of
| >updating DFS2 but I have a nag that there must be a better way.
| >Do I just create the share on DFS2 and use \\domain\dfs\family ?
| >I didn't dare just try it because I know my understanding is flawed.
| >
| >Anyone figure which penny I'm missing or which one I've got wrong?
| >
| >TIA
| --
| Dave Mills
| There are 10 types of people, those that understand binary and those that
don't.
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