Distributed File System

Distributed File System Basics

Distributed File System System Architecture

When you are looking at a Distributed File System, it is important to know some of the basics in DFS Architecture.  What this is going to overview is a few of the necessary terms to understand and how you can utilize a Distributed File System for your large organization (normal file servers work great for small companies!)

DFS Root — Probably the most common term.  This is where the Distributed File System is “visible” to everyone using the server.  There can be folders and files under the root, but this is the “master location.”

DFS Link — Basically, this is where the DFS share points to another share on the server.  If the user opens this link, it takes them to the alternative share.

DFS Root — This is basically a replication of a file or folder on another server.  This is also called DFS replication.  This is where our products surpass the normal Microsoft Distributed File System protocol.

What this all looks like...

So, the point of all this is generally to share large files between a lot of users.  There are some weaknesses in the architecture, which is why we combine a Distributed File System with Peer Software’s Folder Maestro.  We would be happy to go over all the strengths and weaknesses if you give us a call.  These are the basics regarding a Distributed File System.