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Microsoft® Windows Server 2003: Administrator’s Companion by Jason Gerend, Sharon Crawford, Charlie Russel

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The Distributed File System

One of the problems with file sharing and networks is that users often have difficulty finding the files on the network that they need to access. If you have a single file server on your network, this problem might be inconsequential. However, when you start adding multiple file servers in multiple locations, helping users find the appropriate shares can become a full-time job.

The Distributed file system (Dfs) was designed to help alleviate this dilemma while also providing such benefits as load balancing, additional fault tolerance, and conservation of intrasite network bandwidth. Dfs achieves these goals by hiding the underlying structure of file shares inside a virtual folder structure such that users see a single ...

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