DFS root shares can be used to consolidate different network shares under one single namespace. It should not be confused with the Microsoft Windows Server DFS Namespaces (DFSN) feature. DFSN can be used in conjunction with multiple CacheDrives at a single site to provide high reliability.
DFS targets will appear as folders in the DFS root. Please see the DFS Targets section below for an example.
Permissions for DFS targets are controlled by permissions for the shares themselves. For example, if your DFS root share has the Accounting share as a target, access to the Accounting share through DFS is controlled by the permissions on the Accounting share. To change these permissions, go to the File System page, click on the Accounting share, then go to the Permissions tab.
Note: DFS shares will be available over SMB on all gateways in the account. If a gateway does not have permission to access a target share, it will not appear as a folder in the root of the DFS share in that device.
Add or remove DFS root target shares.
A screenshot of the root of the share dfsroot0 appears below. Notice that:
- The paths listed above designate the target shares and optional subfolder in those shares.
- The targets appear as folders with the names listed in the Name column.
- Double-clicking on share0 in File Explorer will bring you to share dltest0.
- Double-clicking on share1 in File Explorer will bring you to the test0 folder in share dltest1.
Adding a New DFS Target
To add a new DFS target, use the New Target form. The available options are:
- Name - The name of the target. This will be used as the folder name at the root of the DFS root share.
- Share - The target share. When the user double-clicks on the folder name specified in the Name field, they will be taken to the target share.
- Specify Subfolder/Subfolder in Share (Optional) - Use this option to specify a folder in the to use as a target. If this is not set, the root of the share will be used.
Removing a DFS Target
To remove a DFS target, click on the X on the right side of the target's row.