End User's Perspective

Users are usually not aware that some of the files that they access are stored on their local computer, some on their cell's file server machines, and some in another cell because to a user, DCE DFS presents one large, worldwide file system. Users do notice a few differences between working on a distributed file system and working on a local file system. For example, DFS users are issued quotas for file storage, which they can use DFS commands to examine. DFS also includes commands for determining the location of a file and other information that is unique to a distributed file system.