On Thu, 22 Oct 2009 08:57:02 -0700, Andy Simsons
Post by Andy Simsons
OK, I think I see what your getting at and thanks for the link to "How DFS
What I'm trying to do is link to a DFS folder three unique and different
folder targets so that when the users map to \\DCS\DCSFiles\IRM that under
| Folder Targets
| ===> \\DFSTest\Data\Peoplesoft
| ===> \\DFSTest\Data\OracleInstalls
| ===> \\DFSTest\Data\Quest
The intent is to create a DFS share mapping that will remain constant for
the users. If we have to move say the Quest folder to another server, then
we just need to change the link in DFS without having to remap the users.
How do we go about this?
This is EXACTLY what DFS is for.
1) Create the DFS Root (I think you have done this and called it DCSfiles)
2) Create a folder under the DFS root called IRM, create no links.
3) Create another folder in the DFS console under IRM called Software, again no
4) Create another folder in the DFS console under IRM/Software called Quest.
Repeat for Peoplesoft and OracleInstalls
4) Add a link to the Quest folder in the DFS console that targets
\\DFSTest\Data\Quest. Repeat for the other folders.
Now when you open \\DCS\DCSFiles\IRM\Quest the client will say Ah! a DFS link I
need to open \\DFSTest\Data\Quest.
Later you can change the target to \\NewServer\anyshare\Quest
One point though, I would recommend sharing the Quest folder as Quest$ instead
of sharing the Data folder and then linking to \\DFSTest\Quest$. Then you can
move the three target folders to different servers independently of each other
and simply change the target share name. It will still work with Data\Quest etc.
and you can still move the target but I find the simpler target name less
confusing and easier to set different share permissions (if needed). I also add
the "$" so the target is a hidden share and normal users will be unaware of it
so can only connect via DFS (unless they understand how to enumerate hidden
shares, which most do not).
You can also move on later to have say two targets for each folder as replicas.
You may have quest target \\siteAServer\\Quest$ and \\siteBserver\Quest$ and the
client will go to the "nearest" server. Other targets may end up as
\\SiteAServer\PeopleSoft$ and \\SiteCServer\\PeopleSoft$
I have set up my home folders like this, it is a school so I have E:\Data\Home
in which I have shared Year1, Year2 etc. as Year1$ etc.
I have DFS as \\AD\Storage\Home\Year1 pointing to the Year1$. If I run out of
space I can simply move a whole year group to a different server.
My backup software just backs up E:\ it does not know or care about DFS.
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