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I'd like to be able to advertise shares to the network that are in some sense virtual, in that they don't correspond directly to physical folders on a filesystem.

The application would be to offer a share based on location, and another based on department, all from the same physical filesystem.

For example:




To set this up, I'd create a share name and then choose the folders I want to be visible through that share.

I've looked at DFS but I'm not sure if it can do this.

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The syntax of the paths and the mention of DFS suggest this question deals with Windows shares exported from a server that also is running Windows? – rackandboneman May 17 '12 at 16:46
@rackandboneman: The question is about funtionality rather than a specific platform. The forward-slash path format is from Unix but is not central to the question. – Cawflands May 17 '12 at 17:26
What server, clients, and file-sharing protocol(s) that you intend to use are, indeed, very central to the question. – mfinni May 17 '12 at 17:34
@mfinni: the question is about whether there is a file-serving technology that does what I'm asking, regardless of client, server, or network protocol. – Cawflands May 18 '12 at 5:08
I suppose the question is coming more from an architect point of view - if there is any file server tech that acts like this I'd simply like to know about it, I don't need guidance on setting something up. – Cawflands May 18 '12 at 5:15

DFS is exactly what you want, assuming this is an Active Directory network. We a have very similar structure in my company.

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Can you expand on how this works with DFS please? – Cawflands May 17 '12 at 17:19
DFS uses something called namespaces. You can define as many namespaces as you want with the same real path in place. – Marcus_33 May 17 '12 at 19:32
AFAIK namespaces contain shares don't they? I suppose if namespaces could contain arbitrary folders that would be what I'm after. Is that the case? – Cawflands May 18 '12 at 5:10

NTFS supports "symbolic links" and "junction points"; the details should be in the documentation for the "mklink" command.

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Can you expand on how this addresses the question please? I'm not sure how I would do this with junction points. – Cawflands May 17 '12 at 17:19

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