Distributed File System (DFS) is of the more powerful functions of your Windows Server. DFS has been around for quite a few years. If you are unfamiliar with DFS it has two main underlying functions that provide a lot of power for your infrastructure. DFS is made up of DFS Namespaces and DFS Replication.
With such a fantastic tool, it is only logical that you can also leverage the cloud for the is functionality. Specifically using DFS-R with your file servers in Windows Azure Infrastructures Services provides a natural target for your replication. It also provides a natural Disaster recovery environment for your DFS data. The best thing about using DFS-R in Windows Azure is that after a few steps to get your systems networked together, the setup is nearly identical to setting up on premise servers. The advantages of having your DFS replications in the cloud are very similar to when you backup data to the cloud in that the DFS replicas are offsite and they are automated.
After you have the server in Windows Azure installed with the role, it is now a matter of creating the replication partnership between your on premise network and Windows Azure.
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