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Windows Server® 2008 Administrator’s Companion by Charlie Russel and Sharon Crawford

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Distributed File System (DFS)

Distributed File System (DFS) allows administrators to group shared folders located on different servers and present them to users as a virtual tree of folders known as a namespace. A namespace has many benefits, including increased availability of data, load sharing, and simplified data migration. DFS Replication allows administrators to replicate folders in a bandwidth-efficient manner using the remote differential compression (RDC) algorithm that replicates only the changed blocks within a file.

DFS Namespaces and DFS Replication are useful for the following purposes:

  • Organizing a large number of file shares scattered across multiple servers into a contiguous namespace so that users can find the files they need

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