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Re: DFS shares

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
---- 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

>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

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