I’m curious if anyone has implemented DFS for use at a large scale (provided as a service) for distributed IT units, such as that common in higher education. We are embarking on a new storage initiative that will provide block-level storage
to units on campus at a low cost. The higher-ups are toying with the idea of providing a networked file system (DFS in particular) in front of it to present the storage to endpoints. The napkin-sketch looks like they want the ability for each unit to have
an assigned DFS root, delegated out to local admins, where they can configure at-will one or more link targets. Some single targets, some replica sets. Most of this will be VMWare based.
Some of the hurdles we foresee are:
- External collaboration - Non-AD-Joined Access - Mac/Linux Access (Macs seem to have improved) Has anyone tackled this at a large scale (more than 10 DFS roots)? Would you be willing to point me to your service documentation? Thanks!
Erik Coleman Senior Manager, Enterprise Systems Technology Services at Illinois University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign