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DFS Overview

The Distributed File System, DFS, provides an additional way of navigating through shared resources. Normally, shared folders are self-contained. A shared folder on one server has no connection with shared folders on other servers or even on the same server.

DFS was first introduced as an add-on for Windows NT 4.0 Server. The idea was simple: Shared folders could contain links to other shared folders. These links look just like subfolders, so the client computers would interpret them transparently and hop from one server to another without the user being aware of what was happening.


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