[Samba] MSDFS on [homes] share for two samba servers

Daniel Müller mueller at tropenklinik.de
Thu Jan 12 04:04:19 MST 2012

just use a cluster file system or ex:
your host A has all the homes/shares of your users. Make it a host
msdfs=yes and define a root dfs on it for all share that should be unique
on both hosts.
Host B is linked by msdfs proxy=\\hostA\share-on-A.

That should do

Good luck

On Wed, 11 Jan 2012 19:28:42 +0100, Michal Bruncko
<michal.bruncko at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hello list,
> we have two samba servers on two localities with bigger distance between

> them. On both localities there are organizational staff working. And I 
> am trying to configure homedirectories for all of staff in this way:
> - all users will have same beginning part of URL path where is their 
> homedir located (i.e. \\files.example.com\loginname) for unification and

> central acces
> - but because the lower speed link between both localities there is need

> to locate homedirs:
>   -- for locality A - on server A on that locality
>   -- for locality B - on server B on that locality
> fine, thats are requirements. So I have decided to use MSDFS in 
> combination with [homes] in this way:
> - on server A (which will acts as "files.example.com") there will be 
> homedirs MSDFS links for users on locality B pointed to their real 
> homedirs on server B (with classic symlink syntax "user_on_locality_B" 
> -> "msdfs:IP_of_server_B\user_on_locality_B" )
> So if user Bob from locality B will access its homedir, it will be 
> transparently redirected from Server A to its homedir on closest server
> this is nice theory. but in practicle, is this feasible with current 
> version of samba 3.x?
> What is the best practicles for cases like this mine? Is there any way 
> for dispatching homedirs to two/more servers?
> thanks
> michal

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