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If you want true DFS access from the Mac, AdmitMac is your only solution. If you don't want to go with that, you can follow the instructions from our Knowledgebase on how to mimic DFS using ExtremeZ-IP (or another AFP server). It is a kludge, but it may be good enough for what you want to do. Configuring ExtremeZ-IP File Server to Mimic a Microsoft Distributed File System (DFS) Share http://www.grouplogic.com/knowledge/index.cfm/fuseaction/view/docID/195 ---- Begin KB article ---- Because the AFP protocol does not support redirection to a different file server, it is not possible directly serve Microsoft Distributed File System (DFS) shares to Mac clients with ExtremeZ-IP. Group Logic has developed a recommended scheme for setting up a "virtual DFS" volume that mimics a DFS share. Setting this up in ExtremeZ-IP is a simple process that should only take a few minutes. First, create a new folder on the ExtremeZ-IP File Server you would like to host your Mac client virtual DFS share volume. Next, create a new volume with ExtremeZ-IP to share this folder. It will probably be helpful to name this volume something that identifies it as the DFS share point. This will create a single volume that your Mac users can mount to access DFS member volumes. >From a Mac client, connect to the ExtremeZ-IP virtual DFS volume you just created using a user account that has read/write access to the volume. You will now add aliases to the server volumes that constitute your MS DFS structure. For each server volume in your DFS structure, mount that volume on the client Mac, create an alias to that volume, and then copy it to the ExtremeZ-IP virtual DFS volume. Do this for each volume in the DFS structure and you will have effectively replicated that structure using ExtremeZ-IP and Mac alias files. If you make a change in DFS you will have to recreate the associated alias, but otherwise, this scheme should be fairly maintenance free. This allows for share points to be spread across several virtual servers while still allowing client computers to easily access them from a central point. The Mac users can connect to the main ³virtual DFS² volume and use the aliases on it to get to the other server volumes. Here is a real world example: \\Server\Mac-DFS (the ExtremeZ-IP virtual DFS volume) Mac Publishing Data (alias to \\Server1\PubData) Mac Project Data (alias to \\Server2\ProjectData) Mac Users (alias to \\HomeServer\Users) Mac Applications (alias to \\TechServer\MacApps) You would create 4 real ExtremeZ-IP volumes on each server involved in the DFS structure and then a fifth Mac-DFS share that only contains aliases to the other 4. If you have a unique ExtremeZ-IP virtual server for each volume then you can move them between nodes easily without the users even knowing about it. ---- End KB Article---- -- Geordie Korper ExtremeZ-IP Support Lead (SREZU) Group Logic, Inc. 1110 North Glebe Road, Suite 450 Arlington, VA 22201 t: 703 527 7979 ext 2334 f: 703 528 3296 Try out our web form to create a support request. http://www.grouplogic.com/support/requestform/ _______________________________________________ Do not post admin requests to the list. They will be ignored. Macosx-interop mailing list (email@hidden) Help/Unsubscribe/Update your Subscription: This email sent to email@hidden
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