StorageX 8.0 Namespace Management Use Case

Microsoft DFS Namespace Management

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Business Challenge: Namespace Management

DFS namespaces is a role service in Windows Server that enables you to group shared folders on different servers into one or more logically-structured namespaces.

A common challenge when managing a stand-alone namespace is repairing broken links when files are moved. DFS namespaces gives users a virtual view of shared folders, where a single path leads to files on multiple servers.
 

How StorageX Namespace Management Works

StorageX DFS management capabilities can abstract a physical file storage environment into a logical, business-focused view that’s meaningful to end-users and flexible to manage.

  • StorageX can convert a stand-alone namespace to a domain-based namespace to take advantage of storing namespace info in Active Directory (AD).
  • StorageX empowers you to search file storage resources, file system folders, DFS namespace folders, and CIFS shared folders or subfolders to determine if a DFS namespace or DFS link targets the object.
  • Administrators can perform point-in-time backups or create schedules for recurring backups—both for standalone and domain-based namespaces.
  • Administrators can generate reports on elements like namespace status, lists dependencies, root properties, and share properties.
  • StorageX enables users to synchronize the logical structures of DFS namespaces across multiple Windows servers, using namespace availability policies.

Microsoft DFS Namespace Management

Why StorageX Namespace Management?

Enterprises that deploy Microsoft DFS namespaces depend on around the-clock, uninterrupted operation. For stand-alone DFS namespaces, the default Microsoft management tools may be insufficient in two key areas: synchronization and backup.

StorageX DFS Namespace Management supports domain-based and stand-alone DFS namespaces. For stand-alone DFS namespaces, StorageX uniquely provides:

  • Synchronization of namespace configuration information across the stand-alone DFS namespace servers.
  • Backup and restore of namespace configuration information. Users can restore an existing namespace or merge with another namespace.

 

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