Locating shared folders to access specific documents is a common problem in business environments. System administrators have to decide how to share folders and how the users will be able to find them.
Distributed File System (DFS) is the Microsoft solution to the problem: a simplified way for users to access geographically dispersed files.
DFS allows system administrator to create trees of virtual directories aggregating shared folders across the entire network.
There are two types of DFS:
- DFS Namespace: a virtual tree aggregating shared folders from the entire network. Administrators can set up multiple DFS Namespaces.
- DFS Replication: creates replicated shared folder with scheduling and bandwidth throttling configured by the administrator.
We are going to see how to configure a Distributed File System Namespace on Windows Server 2012 R2.