I am curious if I can use DFS roots as shared folders without using any DFS links.
Some background: I like the idea of using DFS for name abstraction. By using domain-based namespaces, I can abstract away server name reference and have the flexibility of relocating shared folders to different machines in the future. However, as my network is small (~10 machines with one one AD server), DFS is somewhat overkill as it generally introduces too many level of indirection: DFS roots which contain folder links which point to actual SMB shares. While it makes sense if your SMB shared are distributed across different machine, it doesn't seem so when everything is on one machine. You end up have both DFS roots and SMB folders mapped one-to-one on the same machine.
Nevertheless, it looks like DFS roots are just normal folders. Instead of putting DFS links there, I can put files and documents in them. Thus, I wonder if it is possible to use DFS roots as shared folders, without creating DFS links? What are the shortcomings to this approach? Or perhaps you could also point out any point that I might misunderstood.