Windows Server DFS

So I have a confession to make.  I don’t USE Windows 10 as frequently as some people, and I barely used Windows 8, and I really only enjoyed a couple of features in Windows 7. I can honestly say that Windows Media Player was absolutely the greatest. It’s a shame that it is gone.

Normally, I am here to merely share with you my opinions about WordPress. But this is more of a fundamental description of a favorite tool that we use. It works REALLY WELL in some situations, but we still have a lot to research.

This isn’t a post about WordPress. This is a post about our favorite version of Windows. This version is called Windows Server 2019 in this time. And it is EXPENSIVE. But clearly it’s worth it, every business in America uses THESE tools, not stuff like Dropbox and OneDrive.

Before that, I thought that Vista was OK, I was just disappointed that Vista didn’t run SQL Server for the File System. That was what we were promised. We had this whole goal of being able to do BETTER searches, and then they just gave up half way through and said ‘We Can’t Do That After All’. I mean, they had promised that for a LONG time, and then one day, that dream was gone.

Before that, I *LOVED* Windows 2000 because it was SUCH a step up from Windows NT 4.0.  And YES, I was one of those people who ran Windows NT 4.0 at home, because I wanted to become a Server Administrator when I grew up. I was hard at work studying MCSE certification courses while most of these kids were still in Junior High. That is one of the reasons that I’m so strong with the Command Line Interface. Back then, that was the ONLY option for some things. LOL

Windows XP to me was just ‘slower than Windows 2000’. I didn’t see the benefits. I could still SORTOF setup a firewall with Windows 2000.  And there were PLENTY of 3rd party options. But when I worked at Microsoft building Intrusion Detection Systems, I really began to  dislike some of the features of Windows XP.

So for me, it’s been literally 20 years, and on almost EVERY machine I have ever run, at many stages through the life of that machine, I run Windows Server.  It’s because I want to build software that runs on Servers.  Whether the software I build is Active Server Pages, or SQL Server Analysis Services, I just don’t like the  limitations that are a part of Windows Client.

So recently, I have been looking for an alternative to OneDrive and DropBox.  I have been trying to figure out how to use NextCloud and SyncThing for everything that I do.  But now, I have discovered a MUCH simpler mechanism.  I have fallen in LOVE with Windows Distributed File System.  I mean, I guess it has to do with my weird network infrastructure.  I have LAN everywhere, and ONLY ONE of my machines goes on the internet.   I have constantly been connecting to the LAN in order to sync a couple of files with my File Servers.  The machine that I use to go online only has 128gb of storage for now. So I collect files, source code,  snippets and other curiosities on one machine, and then I MOVE them to my  file server.

So maybe my requirements aren’t TYPICAL.  But for me, Windows Server and the DFS that it provides is  WONDERFUL. I wish that DFS was capable of running on Windows 10. Cheers, maybe there are open source developers somewhere working on that. IF SO get ahold of me, I’d love to contribute to meaningful open source or other projects.

Distributed File System (DFS) is a set of client and server services that allow an organization using Microsoft Windows servers to organize many distributed SMB file shares into a distributed file system. DFS has two components to its service: Location transparency (via the namespace component) and Redundancy (via the file replication component). Together, these components improve data availability in the case of failure or heavy load by allowing shares in multiple different locations to be logically grouped under one folder, the “DFS root”.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Distributed_File_System_(Microsoft