Mac OS X DFS Distributed File System
DAVE software delivers commercial grade, two-way Mac file and printer sharing integration and collaboration with Windows using SMB/CIFS and DFS.
Today, in its ninth generation, DAVE has a professional and enterprise audience since the simple home and small business use cases are covered within the limitations and bugs of the native Mac OS X consumer-oriented software.
- Supports Snow Leopard (Mac OS X 10.6) and Lion (Mac OS X 10.7)
- Full support for commercial grade Microsoft DFS (Distributed File Systems)
- Full support for commercial grade Microsoft SMB/CIFS (Server Message Block/Common Internet File System)
- Especially designed with networked Apple Final Cut Pro (FCP), Adobe Creative Suite (ACS), Avid and Office for Mac applications in mind
- Client-based solution requiring no server software of any kind on Windows, Xserve / OS X Server
- Native Microsoft protocol implementations, not protocol conversion around AFP or Appletalk
- Proven, robust and highly scalable
- Mac integration and collaboration market leader for 15 years
Distributed File System (DFS) is a set of client and server services that allow an organization using Microsoft Windows servers to organize many distributed SMB file shares into a distributed file system. DFS provides location transparency and redundancy to improve data availability in the face of failure or heavy load by allowing shares in multiple different locations to be logically grouped under one folder, or DFS root.
Microsoft's DFS is referred to interchangeably as 'DFS' and 'Dfs' by Microsoft and is unrelated to the DCE Distributed File System, which held the 'DFS' trademark but was discontinued in 2005.
It is also called "MS-DFS" or "MSDFS" in some contexts, e.g. in the Samba user space project.