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The Complete Guide to Windows Server 2008 by John Savill

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Chapter 15. Distributed File System

Most environments today have some elements of a distributed infrastructure, the exact scale of which depends on the company and the business performed. This distributed environment could range from a single head office with a few branch locations to a global organization with multiple main locations in each country, with branch locations acting as spokes from the regional hubs.

There are numerous challenges with a distributed environment in terms of maintaining a consistent deployment of servers and clients among the enterprise, sharing information between the locations in a bandwidth-efficient manner while not adversely affecting the end-user experience, and managing the distributed environment.

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