[OpenAFS] New to OpenAFS
Thu, 20 Mar 2008 07:58:18 -0700 (PDT)
What operating system are these users running? If you are running
> nearly all Microsoft Windows machine, you probably want to at least look
> at Microsoft's Distributed FileSystem (Dfs.) It allows for multi-master
> read-write replicas and a user-defined site topology to optimize
> replication and allowing clients to find the closest replica. Be aware
> that Dfs is not encrypted and is not a true WAN filesystem. Microsoft
> recomends using IPsec to secure connections. There is also no caching
> by default (one would need to setup Offline Folders functionality to
> cache files locally on the computer.)
Thanks for replying! I had looked at DFS, but we currently run almost
entirely on Linux servers and I would like to keep it that way. With the
licensing fees, I doubt that would even get approved.
Also, with our 50 home users...using CIFS over a VPN would be pretty
painful. From what I understand, OpenAFS is a more efficient WAN protocol
(using WebDAV now, which is much more efficient than CIFS). We may
eventually use terminal server or a remote desktop solution, but using CIFS
over a WAN would almost make that a necessity.
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