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Distributed File System Namespace (DFS Namespace)

Getting Started

To order or inquire about this service, please contact the NIH IT Service Desk.

Service Hours: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

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Distributed File System Namespace (DFS Namespace) allows the NIH system administrators to make it easy for NIH staff to access and manage files that are physically distributed across a network.

IT professionals who need more information about this service may request assistance by submitting a ticket through the NIH IT Service Desk.

Customer Benefits

With DFS, files distributed across multiple servers appear as if they reside in one location on the network. NIH staff no longer has to specify the actual physical location of files to access them. DFS offers namespace and location transparency, continuous connectivity via replication and it allows local access when the network is affected.

Customer Market

This service is available to all NIH customers.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: As an IT professional at NIH, aside from submitting a ticket to the IT Service Desk, is there anywhere else I can get information about DFS Namespace or other upcoming infrastructure projects?
A: NIH IT professionals are welcome to attend the monthly roundtable held by CIT’s Enterprise Messaging and Infrastructure Branch (EMIB), which covers issues related to NIH-wide messaging and infrastructure projects, including major software upgrades and hardware refresh. The EMIB Roundtable is held at noon on the first Wednesday of the month in the second-floor conference room of building 12B. For more information and notes from past roundtable discussions, visit the SharePoint site for the EMIB Monthly Roundtable meetings at

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This page last reviewed: March 09, 2011