[OpenAFS] New to OpenAFS

billbaird3 billbaird3@gmail.com
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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