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Chapter 22. Using a Windows 2000 Network > The Distributed File System

The Distributed File System

One of the new features in Windows 2000 Server is the Distributed File System. Windows 2000 Server lets a domain manager take shared folders from other computers and graft them onto the server's own file system. I think a picture might explain this best. Figure 22.49 shows how a server has had shared folders grafted onto C:\Documents\public. The server now appears to have a folder at C:\Documents\public\brochures even though that directory resides in a shared folder on another computer. The Distributed File System detects that access to anything in folder C:\Documents\public\brochures really refers to \\sales\brochures.

This becomes really interesting if this administrator shares the C:\ documents folder, say, as \\server\documents. Now, anyone on the network can access \\server\documents\public\brochures. The server will invisibly have a remote user retrieve the file from the grafted folders without the user even knowing it.


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