Deploy a namespace for publishing content
Applies To: Windows Server 2003 R2
DFS Namespaces and DFS Replication can be used to publish documents, software, and line-of-business data to users throughout an organization. Although DFS Replication alone is sufficient to distribute data, you can use DFS Namespaces to configure the namespace so that a folder in the namespace is hosted by multiple servers, each of which holds a replica of the published content in that folder. This increases data availability and distributes the client load across servers.
When browsing a folder in the namespace, users are not aware that the folder is hosted by multiple servers. When a user opens the folder, the client computer is automatically referred to a server in its own site; if no same-site servers are available, you can configure the namespace to refer the client to a server that has the lowest connection cost as defined in Active Directory. In addition, using a DFS Namespaces enhancement known as target priority, you can specify the priority of servers so that a specific server is always placed first or last in the list of servers (known as a referral) the client receives when accessing a folder with targets in the namespace.
To configure a namespace for publication, perform the following procedures as specified: