Enhancing Microsoft® DFSR

for Basic Team File Sharing and Collaboration

Originally designed to provide an easy and integrated way of replicating a limited amount of important documents for read-only access to branch offices or vice versa, Microsoft® Distributed File System Replication (DFSR) offers the potential for a more collaborative and productive way of working.

As organizations utilize DFSR for file sharing and collaboration, they quickly discover that file version conflicts and corruptions occur when multiple users attempt to simultaneously change the same file that was previously replicated across different servers. This is caused by the lack of a file locking mechanism in DFSR, which would prevent simultaneous edits across mirrored file systems.

Even a small organization can have hundreds, if not thousands, of potential file conflicts--caused by lost edits and the need to manually gather and merge changes from multiple file versions--resulting in user frustration and reduced productivity.

Enabling Collaboration with File Locking

The best and most complete way to eliminate file version conflicts when utilizing DFSR is to add and deploy a file locking solution. Such a solution needs to minimally provide real-time detection of file use coupled with immediate remote file locking.

PeerLock is a best-of-breed file locking solution designed to integrate seamlessly with Microsoft DFSR, which has no file locking capabilities. Together they provide a cost-effective, easy to deploy, basic file collaboration environment that is in use today in thousands of organizations worldwide.

PeerLock can also be deployed with Peer Software’s PeerSync to create file collaboration environments that offer better performance and are easier to manage.

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