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My shop is looking to purchase a few more servers. I currently have a simple computer setup with win 7 32 bit and sharing enabled. It mostly just stores our files and is setup as RAID 1. BUT I am looking for another server because we have filled this one up quick. I would like to know more about how to have two servers mirrored incase one goes down. A completely new area for me so as much info as I can get would be great.
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Well for redundancy you could probably get 2 servers, use the original one and one new server to serve files off the second new server which will be used as a SAN (if that makes sense).
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yes, but how do you mirror two servers in case one goes down??

EDIT:
and this would be onsite.
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Originally Posted by graphicsman View Post

yes, but how do you mirror two servers in case one goes down??
EDIT:
and this would be onsite.

Just have them grab the same information from either an onsite or offsite server and set up a share like:

\\SERVER1\files\

and

\\SERVER2\files\

Which will have the same files for redundancy. I'm sure there's a better way but thats the only thing I could think of
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Domain-based Distributed File System
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Domain-based Distributed File System

do you know any more info i can go to learn about this?
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Distributed_File_System_(Microsoft)

if your spending a penny or two you may also want to look into lan teaming/bonding to have a faster link between each server.
Edited by tht-kid - 4/20/12 at 11:34am
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Yeah DFS, used to run one in my home network
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Distributed_File_System_(Microsoft)
if your spending a penny or two you may also want to look into lan teaming/bonding to have a faster link between each server.

That'd just increase bandwidth, his drives will max out long before maxing out his NIC card. Especially if his switch supports full duplex gigabit.
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That'd just increase bandwidth, his drives will max out long before maxing out his NIC card. Especially if his switch supports full duplex gigabit.

That would depend on what drives he is using...
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