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DFS and Netapp filer

By gurnamsingh009 ·
Using windows 2003 I am trying to implement dfs, linking it to a share on a netapp filer.

I ahve created a link and am trying to replicate it to another server. When setting up replication I get a message (in the replication wizard) that dfs is not installed on the target. This is true as the target is a netapp filer running ontap O/S.

I could potentially map the netapp filer from a server and then use the server as an access point for the share. However, in this case it means the users will need to access the share via the server (relying on the server being up) OR via \\netappfiler\sharename rather than via the dfs published share

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by BFilmFan In reply to DFS and Netapp filer

You are not going to be able to link that netfiler appliance as a DFS endpoint.

You will have to map the share from a server.

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by techrepub.justpaul In reply to DFS and Netapp filer

Because netapp filers do not run Windows os's, there are some limitations to dfs:

1. Netapp cifs shares can not be dfs roots but they can be branches. Our practice is to create distributed roots on our dc's and add the netapp cifs shares as branches.

2. Netapp cifs shares can not participate in dfs replication. Netapp recommends using snapmirror to handle the replication (requiring multiple filers.)

So, basically, you get the benefit of dfs namespaces but you do not get the benefit of replication using netapp filers as a cifs share.

An alternative is to have a windows box (physical or virtual) attach to the san storage (iscsi, fc, etc) and serve out the dfs using the windows box as the head. Not a great solution, either, but that is the conclusion I came to when researching Netapp's NOW, kb articles, and community sites 6 months ago regarding this same issue.

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Deploy DFS on Filer

by henrypan In reply to DFS and Netapp filer

Is there better way to deploy DFS on NetApp after 4 years?

Thanks

Henry

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